The Man Who Grew Common in Wisdom
Costume (“The Gardener” & “The Aviator”)
In the context of RE-Perspective Deborah Hay
Duration 105 Min with intermission (The Man Who Grew Common in Wisdom 50 Min / Fire 35 Min)
The Man Who Grew Common in Wisdom (1989/2019)
Deborah Hay makes simplicity eloquent in her three-part solo, said the New York Times in 1989 about “The Man Who Grew Common in Wisdom”. For Hay, wisdom becomes the tangible experience of well-being within the ordinary world. The trilogy is comprised of “The Navigator”, “The Gardener” and “The Aviator”. Eva Mohn, an exceptional dancer from Cullberg, has been coached by Hay and will perform the dance.
It is almost impossible to read the dancer’s body and its movements impartially – just as the perception of the element of fire is always embedded in other, previous experiences. Ros Warby’s adaptation of “Fire” is a result of Hay’s innovative “Solo Performance Commissioning Project”, which took place from 1998 through 2012. Each year Hay taught 20 dancers the same solo, a different solo each year. The dancers, for a minimum of the next three months, found their own adaptation through their daily practice of the dance. Warby’s adaptation of “Fire” convinced Hay to alter her own career and work with dancers with similar intelligence, humour and subtlety.