All photos: Michiel Keuper. Click photos for slide show.
Stage design for 'Together Forever', a performance by Jeremy Wade. From and with Liz Rosenfeld, Igor Koruga, Jared Gradinger, Jeremy Wade and Michiel Keuper.
Premiered 28 february at Hebbel am Ufer / HAU 3, Berlin.
From the program: "Together forever is the promise of eternal love that we’ve heard a thousand times in kitschy pop songs. Yet in this title, it hints at the extent to which people truly rely on each other. In his new piece, dancer and choreographer Jeremy Wade and four further performers experiment with caring situations and forms of tender complicity, while probing the social and political implications of community, love and affection.
What can we only do together – what can’t we do alone? What does being there for someone mean? And what might forms of togetherness look like in the future? After Jeremy Wade’s shows “Fountain” and “To The Mountain” at the HAU, which was centred on rituals alchemy and transformation of group dynamics, he returns with his new production, “Together forever”. This collaboration with dancers and choreographers Igor Koruga and Jared Gradinger, the performance artist and film-maker Liz Rosenfeld and the visual artist Michiel Keuper takes the hackneyed but ever-hopeful promise of eternal love back to its origins.
But the focus of the show is not on relationships between couples: instead, it is an attempt to explore gentle forms of closeness beyond coupledom. (...) Real and imagined stories of togetherness and visions of intimate communities are narrated, explored and ritually considered here – concretely as a tangible creation of the here-and-now of the performance, but also as a model that has political and social implications: Do we – or don’t we – want to live in a world in which our fundamental needs are regarded not just as individual and personal but also as a social issue?"
|Together Forever - Maypole|
|Together Forever - queering the maypole|
|Together Forever - after dinner cosy space|
|"We need to find an end to this experience, and we want to do this with you. We want 3 proposals, or ideas, or desires, how to end this piece..."|
|Audience proposal: singing to plants|
|Audience proposal: clear out the space and |
make a center stage sculpture with the set.
All photos © Michiel Keuper 2014