SERVICE Nº 5: DARE TO KEEP KIDS OFF NATURALISM

ADAM LINDER: FULL SERVICE
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Choreographic Service No.5: Dare to Keep Kids Off Naturalism, 2017.Duration variable, four dancers. Pictured at Wattis Institute. Performers: Stephen Thompson, Noha Ramadan © Allie Foraker. Commissioned by Kunsthalle Basel, co-produced by Kunsthalle Basel and South London Gallery

ADAM LINDER: Full Service
06.02 - 03.03.2019

Alongside his stage works, Adam Linder has developed a parallel practice, which he calls Choreographic Services, designed and conceived for working with choreography outside of the theater context. In these five Choreographic Services, Linder’s material is the body, or more precisely: that body’s labor. They are a reflection on performance in relation to service-based economies. While none of these works are for sale, they still involve a transaction, with each hosting institution signing a contract that outlines the relationship between the performers (the dancers), the service they provide (the dance), and the cost of their labor (the dancing). The host “hires” the service and pays an hourly wage for it.

Mudam Luxembourg has hired all five services, giving an overview of Adam Linder’s singular approach to dance and performance. Each one is presented over the course of four weeks, across one gallery. Each service is performed successively, but they also overlap in different combinations, creating new hybrids and juxtapositions of bodies and movements.

Full Service is a survey exhibition of all five Choreographic Services by Adam Linder. Dancers are working on Wednesdays from 16h00 to 21h00 (from 14h00 to 18h00 on 06.02.2019) and from Thursday to Sunday from 12h00 to 18h00 (13h00 to 18h00 for Service nº 5).

Service Nº 1: Some Cleaning (2013)
06.02 - 10.02.2019
A dancer is hired to choreographically clean a specific location using a toolbox of actions that physically and symbolically organise, dust, calibrate and restructure the space.

Service Nº 2: Some Proximity (2014)
06.02 - 24.02.2019

An art writer produces real time critical reflections at the location of hire whilst two dancers become a conduit for this criticism by translating the text into vocal and physical flows.

Service Nº 3: Some Riding (2015)
13.02 - 17.02.2019

Two dancers generate a theoretical and contextual understanding for the Choreographic Services series from within the performance itself. They deploy an ‘adagio-esque Popping’ to physically punctuate two essays written by Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer and Catherine Damman.

Service Nº 4: Some Strands of Support (2016)
20.02 - 24.02.2019

Emphasizing that sculptures may not be as resilient or assured as inanimate objects are often presumed to be, two dancers work in partnership to provide ‘Hair Care’ for a suitably upright sculpture or statue in the form of oscillatory movement aided by the use of hair prostheses.

Service Nº 5: Dare to Keep Kids Off Naturalism (2017)*
27.02 - 03.03.2019

Choreographic Service No. 5 (2017) Four performers occupy an empty white space wearing modular costumes to create eight everchanging fictive situations. They reconsider and challenge the relationship between their theatrical sensibilities and the exhibition space.
*Parental advisory: This performance includes some nudity.