there is no end to more
Jeremy Wade's there is no end to more delves into Japanese kawaii (cute) culture – from the infantile fluff of Hello Kitty to the doe-eyed teenage love stories of anime – and its ubiquitous global influence. Through dance, stories, animation and video, Wade peeks under the slick, silly surface of kawaii to reveal its more insidious subtext, in which societal norm becomes aberration and consumption gives way to delusion. The result is a funny yet disembodied spectacle in the style of a children's television show that exposes our relationship to the “endless more” that exists just beyond our grasp.
In conjunction with Jeremy Wade's performance, there will be an exhibit on the Mezzanine exploring the culture of Japanese manga and anime, whose exuberant visual style is a source for there is no end to more. The exhibition will include the first episodes from key anime and manga series, related movie and artist posters, as well as books on the powerful cultural influence of these forms of production. This exhibit will be open from Wednesday, January 20 through Wednesday, February 3 and will be viewable from noon to 6 PM (longer if there is a public event happening).
Coming to New York City from a small mill town in the American northeast, Jeremy Wade spent ten years as a creator and participant in the New York nightlife scene and the downtown dance community. Currently, he splits his residence between New York and Berlin. Wade was an original member of Chez Bushwick, a live/work loft for the performing arts and a hub for emerging artists. His pieces have been presented in theaters, galleries, nightclubs and lofts. In 2006, Wade premiered his first evening length work Glory/Fiction at Dance Theater Workshop, for which he received a Bessie Award. His first group piece, …and pulled out their hair, premiered at the Hebbel Theater in Berlin in February 2007 and enjoyed a successful New York run that September. His latest production, MARY, premiered at Les Subsistances in Lyon, France in April 2008.
Artist Hiroki Otsuka produces deeply provocative and unsettling work depicting an unstable landscape of sexuality in contemporary Japan. Using the sumi ink employed by traditional calligraphers, Otsuka renders young women in helpless poses, hermaphroditic baby doll monsters and nymphs, and strong, squared-off katakana characters. Straight, gay, trans-gendered or otherwise, these works speak to the diversity of sexuality as much as they portray unspeakable acts or hidden fantasies. Otsuka honed his crafts over a decade of drafting and inking comic book cells for a variety of publications he authored under the pen name “Pirontan.” He began illustrating for a number of major Japanese publications in 2004, including the gay-themed magazine Badi and the straight-leaning manga series Erotics, Rabumani and Hi-5. In 2007, Otsuka's work was featured in Japan Society's exhibition Making a Home: Japanese Contemporary Artists in New York, curated by Eric Shiner.
there is no end to more is commissioned by Japan Society and co-produced by Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin and CCN Franche-Comté Belfort, Les Subsistances, Lyon.
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.
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