In January 2018 “YEW” premiered at HAU, an experimental evening of intense encounters with a plant nature. As part of their new cycle of work “The Nature of Us,” Angela Schubot and Jared Gradinger are adapting the indoor piece to an outdoor setting. This experience will inspire both artists to enter their first group work with human and non-human collaborators.

With and by Jared Gradinger and Angela Schubot

And by: Beech, Clover, Echivarea, Fern, Gradinger, Oak, Moss, Mugwort, Schubot, Stinging Nettle, Yew

Sound Gardener und Co-Design: Stefan Rusconi

Costume: Claudia Hill

Artistic collaboration: Sigal Zouk

Press & Production: björn & björn

Costume assistance: Marcus Barros Cardoso

Performances photos: Silvio Zeder

 

Production: Jared Gradinger and Angela Schubot in Collaboration with Nature.

Co-production: HAU Hebbel am Ufer.

Funded by Hauptstadtkulturfonds.

In cooperation with Grün Berlin GmbH, Botanischer Volkspark Pankow.

 

Premiere June 2018

„we did not occupy the space. we participated. we supported it. we allowed for a real reciprocity not just with the plants and the land but with the audience. the invitation was everywhere. we initiated. and got initiated. the initiation of the summer. we discovered. we did not answer things. we felt and we listened and then found other questions. in a way the body lived in a feeling field. living an answer to a question that wasn´t put yet. we wanted to co-create with the plants. and it was not about how it is possible but where it is possible.“

Angela Schubot and Jared Gradinger

 

„I don’t know anymore, if I am in a forest or in a room – says Florence while passing green chambers of chirping plants along a still creek. Later we are smoking artemisia, laying on the ground of an inverse glade, looking into the sky which, through whipping leaves, seems to have a heartbeat, then looking back to the ground, watching bodies getting so dirty and dirt becoming a body. Being in this kind of enhanced nature and celebrating what it has to say even if it doesn’t speak has something touching as only atmospheres touch. We know the dangers of essentialism, but I was not afraid, says Jeremy at the bus stop. Adding something about humor.“

Viereinhalb Sätze #183, 27. June 2018

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