This production–and Gradinger’s demanding, non-stop solo–hit me with the force of a thousand-thousand stars… The work is rich, visceral, unforgettable.
—Eva Yaa Asantewaa, Infinite Body
A brilliant mash-up send-up of Japanese manga and kawaii (cute) culture… The charismatic and perfectly silly Jared Gradinger tiptoes, flexes, pumps his fist, moves like a robot, and otherwise makes believe with his body, evoking the childish and innocent, heroic and fantastic, and sexual and violent worlds of these popular art forms.
The well conceived and produced video, lighting, and sound, lend a polish to this commission by the Japan Society. The result is a rich blend of Wade’s scatological, sculptural modern dance with a barrage of pop culture.
—Susan Yung, Thirteen.org
Japan Society presents the world premiere of its commission to Bessie Award-winning American choreographer Jeremy Wade. In a bold and violent juxtaposition of movement, text, animation and video of manga (Japanese comics) drawing, Wade takes a playful and cynical look at Japanese kawaii (cute) culture— from the infantile fluff of Hello Kitty to teenage doe-eyed love portrayed in anime—exploring its ubiquitous influence on the world today. In his inimitable way of walking the line between societal norm and aberration, consumption and delusion, Wade peels away the layers of kawaii to reveal the grotesque that lies beneath. Wade, who is based in Berlin, directs there is no end to more, a solo for a salesman in which he sells his own super show, performed by actor/ dancer Jared Gradinger in collaboration with Brooklyn-based Japanese manga artist/illustrator Hiroki Otsuka, Berlin-based video artist Veith Michel, musician Brendan Dougherty and architects Katja Mitte and Henning Ströh with text cowritten by Wade and visual artist/ writer Marcos Rosales.
$20/$15 Japan society members
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The commission is supported by the Endowment for the Performing Arts, established with leadership gifts from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The Globus Family, Kyocera Corporation, The Starr Foundation and Toyota Motor Corporation; and Haupstadtkulturfonds, Berlin.
The world premiere and North American tour are funded by The MAP Fund, a program of Creative Capital, supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation; the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; and The Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN program. This tour of Jeremy Wade is also made possible by a grant from Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program.
- December 4, 2009
- 7:30 pm