*The performance will take place around the Laakso/Meilahti side of the park. We will start around the crossing of Urheilukatu and Lääkärinkatu as marked on the map attached. By public transport, the easiest is to come by Tullinpuomi/Töölön tulli stop. If you have trouble finding us, please call Isabel at +358 40 762 7377. During the performance, we will move around the park. At times, the routes can be rough and/or wet. The duration of the performance is a little over two hours. Please keep this in mind when dressing for the occasion. No personal belongings can be left at the starting point, so please leave additional belongings at home. It is recommended to bring your own water bottle. *
The desire to acknowledge and interact with plant consciousness brought Angela Schubot and Jared Gradinger into a deep immersion with Nature and its inherent intelligence. The starting point for this work was intense encounters with plants and trees, such as the Yew, giving the title to the work. In January 2018, Schubot and Gradinger premiered YEW in a theatre space in Berlin. This was an experimental evening in collaboration with nine plant beings, attempting to co-create a soilless garden of body and sound where before there was none. Now in Central Park Helsinki during the Finnish spring, Schubot and Gradinger will plant their work into a new setting, forming new roots for their work YEW: outside. YEW: outside seeks to dissolve the Nature Human dichotomy and translates this coexistence into a new artistic language and movement. This is achieved through a real “co-creation”, i.e., neither to suppress nor to exaggerate plant nature, but to arrive in an act of a co-creative coexistence. This outdoor performance of intimate encounters invites an audience to join Schubot/Gradinger and their plant partners to experience and be together in this unique place of urban nature.
Angela Schubot is a dancer, artist, choreographer, researcher and bodyworker-healer based in Berlin with roots in Peru and Canada. Jared Gradinger is a choreographer, artist, performer and gardener born in the USA and based in Berlin since 2002. Schubot and Gradinger first worked together in 2002 under the direction of Constanza Macras. Already then, they discovered a strong connection and common interest in purely physical yet very dynamic movement languages. They started to combine physical practices with philosophical and even esoteric discourse. The topic for their collaboration was the debordering of the body and starting point was the search for an unconditional togetherness to escape from one’s own identity. From 2009 until 2013, they have created 4 full-length works: What they are instead of (2009), Is maybe (2012), Dying together and I hope you die soon (2013) and All my holes are theirs (2013).
As a duo Schubot/Gradinger’s desire to acknowledge and interact with non-human beings and open up their unconditional togetherness to the non-human realm and brought into a deep immersion with plants and nature. Since 2017, they have been “co-creating” performances with Nature. These works are a sensitive plea for the dissolution of the human-nature dichotomy and an attempt of a hierarchy-free co-existence through real encounters and radical experimentation.
Helsinki Central Park, 00630 Helsinki
Closer details of the location will be sent via email to all ticket owners
SAT 21.5.2022 at 19:00
SUN 22.5.2022 at 19:00
Duration approx.120 mins
Concept, choreography & performance: Angela Schubot and Jared Gradinger
With and by: Beech, Clover, Echivarea, Fern, Gradinger, Oak, Moss, Mugwort, Schubot, Stinging Nettle, Yew and Stefan Rusconi
Sound Gardener & co-design: Stefan Rusconi
Costumes: Claudia Hill
Artistic collaboration: Sigal Zouk
Press & production: björn & björn
Costume assistance: Marcus Barros Cardoso
Production: Angela Schubot and Jared Gradinger in collaboration with nature
Co-production: HAU Hebbel am Ufer and Grün Berlin GmbH, Botanischer Volkspark Pankow.
Funded by: Hauptstadtkulturfonds
Photo: Silvio Zeder
Visit Supported by: TelepART Mobility Support Platform & Finnland-Institut in Deutschland and Goethe-Institut Finnland