Let’s regard the yew tree, an evergreen. It sounds like ›you‹! Yew was used to build bows for shooting. ›YEW‹, the dance piece by Angela Schubot and Jared Gradinger, on the other hand, deals peacefully with ›I and you‹. The ›I‹ almost seems to dissolve and the ›you‹ seems to be something that is not a person. Rather a plant. Nevertheless, there are tensions. They produce noises, voices, gasps. Rearing up. Then relaxation, yielding. To the ground. Multiple experiences – softness, crumbliness, fragrance and also muddiness. ›If we want to make the invisible visible, we have to be transparent. It’s not about talking to the trees and plants, but about listening to them‹, Gradinger noted during rehearsals for this open-air version of YEW. Indeed, the ›sound gardener‹ Stefan Rusconi makes the rustling and creaking of plant cells audible via electronics.
Jared Gradinger and Angela Schubot from Berlin began a series about or featuring interspecies encounters, ›The Nature of Us‹, with ›YEW‹ in early 2018. With ›What They Are Instead of‹, they had become known as a duo. They tour worldwide, sometimes each with their own projects.
BY & WITH Jared Gradinger, Angela Schubot as well as: Beech, Clover, Echivarea, Fern, Gradinger, Oak, Moss, Mugwort, Schubot, Nettle, Yew
SOUND GARDENER, CO-DESIGN Stefan Rusconi
COSTUMES Claudia Hill
ARTISTIC ASSISTANCE Sigal Zouk
COSTUME ASSISTANCE Marcus Barros Cardoso
Co-production: HAU Hebbel am Ufer. Supported by the Hauptstadtkulturfonds.
Thanks to: Park Links der Weser e.V. In the frame of Tanz Bremen.