Who Is Surfing Who

Adam Linder 


Play up / Play on / Play to / Play off


The self-foiling strategies, the do-si-dos of

forebearers, our foresisters, have kept everyone –

doer and watcher – on their toes, literally.


An ideology of de-skilled, unembellished dance

has often felt like humanist United Colors of

Benetton but I prefer the tricks of trade of a Prada

bag from Canal Street.


The earnestness of something that is not real comes

from the libidinal order of mimetic reproduction.


Having a body could have been the locus of

reflection and the epitome of status but it turned

out otherwise. Rhythm can surely help with some

of the reparations.


The theatre is such a beautiful place because time

is tricky to handle, slippery when wet, and then

images are trying, are gripping, and we are left with

their struggle.


Recently, I read a project description by a

prominent European choreographer referring

to the neutrality of the naked body. A luxury most

people still can’t afford.


First printed in “Who Is Surfing Who” (2018)
the choreographer’s monograph published by Hammer Museum, Los Angeles


We who shape things in the dark, every now and

then like to look back at people feeling us think

about the frame we are performing in.


(dance ≠ boredom with objects but it is a gift that

may keep on giving)

So I’m on Avenida Disponible, wind your window

down and request a price.


I am therefore I perform therefore I trade.

Sarah Michelson – during her 2014 Whitney

offering – made the audience raise their hands

to stop the show, be escorted across the stage and

into the elevators if they (perilously) desired a

mid-performance exit.

Participation par excellence.


In 2017 Michelson, back downtown, exhaled

“goodbye professionalism, goodbye bullshit.”


Call it Meta-Mimesis: the performance of a

recuperating post-exertion body after the act.

A wonderful doubling back.


And what with performing, lately.

Which two-step thoroughly strides with

the high-tech mesh foreign call centre pseudointerdisciplinary

hotline $$$ abstraction?


Never mind serving: Who’s surfin’ who?


Adam Linder | Service No. 5: Dare To Keep Kids Off Naturalism

“Service No. 5” is the fifth part of Linder’s “Choreographic Services,” a series of works that uses the service model of per hour or per day hire, to articulate a distinct economy for dance when it exists outside of the ‘contractual’ bounds of the theatre. In “Service No. 5,” the performers work against the onus of naturalism and authenticity that the context of the white cube has inscribed onto performance. The dancers embody various situations in which they take-on these ideologies of contemporary performance with a air for the arcane and the theatrical.
24.8., 16:00 | 25.+26.8., 14:00
Capitain Petzel | German Premiere