Les Petites Morts: i hope you die soon

"death is everywhere, just breathe yourself into it."


Jared Gradinger and Angela Schubot’s work focuses on the ‘debordering’ of the body. Their starting point is the dissolution of the self. How can one stop ‘I-ing’? And in their attempt to do so, how far beyond intimacy does it bring them and what new forms of co-existence will emerge. With “Les Petites Morts – i hope you die soon” Gradinger and Schubot bring this aspect to another level and raise the paradoxical question of how two individuals can die together on stage. This paradox is used as the starting point to develop a movement language that aims at the disappearance of one’s own body whilst still remaining on the stage. Is it possible to overcome the solitude of death through unconditional togetherness? Can we transform the fear of dying into acceptance or even into something that longs to die? “i hope you die soon” is the first part of the project “Les Petites Morts”.

Choreography/Performance: Jared Gradinger, Angela Schubot

Music: Tian Rotteveel

Lighting design: Andreas Harder

Artistic collaboration: Sigal Zouk

Costume: Heidi Lunaire

Photo: BenJakon


Press & production: björn & björn

Production: Angela Schubot, Jared Gradinger.

Co-production: HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Südpol Luzern, Les Grandes Traversées and the Ballet de l’Opera national du Rhin – Centre choré-graphique national. Made possible by funding from the Capital Cultural Fund.


Premiere: 23.1.2013, HAU Hebbel am Ufer (HAU1)

„we tried to find a vibration that is bigger than the visual and the actuality of the body. we tried melting outwards and leaving the body behind. we tried to be neither here nor there, we tried to be sequential and simultaneously at the same time. we tried to touch the infinite. we tried to release identification with the body, mind and soul. we tried to meet death. we failed and failed and failed …"

Angela Schubot and Jared Gradinger


„These are really small deads. They hug, hardly breathe. They breathe each other. The hoarse sound of her breathing. They get up and imperceptibly cross the stage. The mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, then a melee that resembles a cheering agony. When you enjoy, you always die something. I loved this moment unwordly. Animal, fateful attractions, death instincts and survival instincts as one being but in twos. In short, ideal to dive into gloom in broad daylight.“

Bérengère Alfort, Uzès Danse, Theater-Danse, 24.06.2013