Jared Gradinger was born in 1977 in Rochester, New York in United States and lives and works in Berlin. Germany. Angela Schubot was born in 1977 in Germany, where she lives and works.
Jared Gradinger and Angela Schubot first worked together in 2002 under the direction of Constanza Macras in the production Mir 3: Endurance, as well as Scratch/Neuköln (2003) and Brickland (2007). Already in these productions they discovered a strong connection and common interest in purely physical yet very dynamic movement languages. They became fast friends and started to combine these physical practices with philosophical and even esoteric discourse.
‘What they are instead of’ (2009) was their first full length production where they began their research of the dissolution of self and their search for what lies beyond intimacy. Their extreme physical practice is their starting point for transforming thought into movement. ‘What they are instead of’ premiered in the Haus der Kulturen der Welt during Pictoplasma’s ‘Contemporary Character Design festival: Pictopia’. As well, the piece was presented in the Deutsche Tanzplattform 2010, Tanz im August/Sommerbar, Hebbel am Ufer Berlin, Dancehouse Melbourne among others. Because of the versatile nature of the piece, ‘What they are instead of’ has been presented in site specific locations, galleries, performance parties and is continuing to tour internationally. Their new work IS MAYBE is a collaboration with street artist Mark Jenkins premiering in the Hebbel am Ufer Hau 1 Berlin in June 2011. IS MAYBE is a continuation of the search for ‘identitylessness’ and the symbiotic body. IS MAYBE breaks the achievement of ‘What they are instead of’ down to its raw beginnings.
Gradinger/Schubot have begun teaching workshops that encourage young artists to translate thinking into physical formulations. They set out to develop a mutateable body that has the possibility to unfold in many ways and at the same time remain attentive to its shifting meaning.
During their stay in Finland they will work with a new project in residency in Helsinki and give workshops for local dance professionals in Tampere and Oulu. The residency period in Helsinki, is offered by Zodiak in collaboration with HIAP – Helsinki International Artist Programme.
Gradinger’s and Schubot’s stay in Finland is part of an Artist Exchange and Residence Program which is a project between Nordwind a festival and platform for artistic exchange from Berlin and the Finnish collaborators Dance Arena and Zodiak – Center for New Dance in Helsinki.
Gradinger’s and Schubot’s “What they are instead of” will also be part of Aerowaves FALL FOR DANCE, which is a triple bill evening, touring with six performances in four cities: Oulu, Tampere, Kuopio and Oulu. The tour and workshops are arranged in association with: Central Finland Regional Dance Center, Regional Dance Center in Northern Finland, Regional Dance Center of Eastern Finland, Goethe-Institut and Deutsches Kulturzentrum Tampere