Adam Linder



English /  approx. 90 min

Bernard Marie-Koltès described his 1985 work “In the Solitude of the Cotton Fields“ like an encounter between a bluesman and a punk. Perhaps more than an exploration of mercantile activity or the transaction of late-night cruising, his play is a speculation on the individual’s capacity to know another.

Adam Linder, whose work has regularly been presented at HAU, has made an opera with a score by Ethan Braun and stage by Shahryar Nashat.

His new creation is inspired by Koltes’ preoccupation with ‘the deal’. “The WANT“ is an exchange sung by four performers, with a libretto that is littered with interjections from Jacques Derrida to Missy Elliott. Linder approaches the business of language as the Self’s gateway drug between rational thought and rhapsodic expression. Doesn’t the interplay of language rendered in vocal music parallel the dynamics of various markets? The singers, actors and dancers Jess Gadani, Justin F. Kennedy, Jasmine Orpilla, and Roger Sala Reyner are ‘Offerors’ and ‘Offerees’ enrobed as the key archetype of mercantile Europe. Engaging a virtuosic performativity, these players embody the spiritual tradition of that figure: a constant trade between a reflexive mind and sensuous being.

After the performance on December 15 there will be an artist talk with Adam Linder, Ethan Braun and Alexandra Holtsch.


Direction: Music: Ethan Braun / With: Jessica Gadani, Justin F. Kennedy, Jasmine Orpilla, Roger Sala Reyner / Stage Design & Light: Shahryar Nashat / Costumes: Libretto in collaboration with: Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer / Dramaturgic Consultancy: Ariel Efraim Ashbel / Sound Engineer: Sam Jones / Saxophone: Sam Gendel / Instrumental-/Audio-Samples: Steven Takasugi & Ethan Braun / Technical Director: Sebastian Zamponi / Sound Technician: Torsten Schwarzbach / Lights Technician: Martin Beeretz / Management: Andrea Niederbuchner / Production Assistant: Anna von Glasenapp / Graphic Design: Lina Grumm - HIT Studio / With special thanks to: Jarrett Gregory & Steffen Martin


  • Past
    Thu 13.12.2018, 20:30 / HAU2
    Fri 14.12.2018, 20:30 / HAU2
    Sat 15.12.2018, 20:30 / HAU2
    Sun 16.12.2018, 19:00 / HAU2


Production: Adam Linder. Co-production: HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Kampnagel Hamburg. Funded by: Hauptstadtkulturfonds (Berlin).

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