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About the Grant

$30,000 to support  there is no end to more (MAP 2009), choreographer/dancer Jeremy Wade's new interdisciplinary work inspired by his interest in Japanese popular culture and subculture which will premiere at Japan Society as part of the fall 2009 season.

About the Project

For Japan Society’s fourth large-scale commission to non-Japanese artists, Bessie Award-winning choreographer Jeremy Wade will create a new piece juxtaposing dance against live manga drawing in an ambitious performance/visual art work. Blurring layers of animation, still images, movement and sound the stage picture will bounce back and forth between the various mediums present on stage: two-dimensional drawing, three-dimensional animation/projection and the fourth dimension of movement. In a bold and violent juxtaposition of dance and manga (Japanese comics) drawing, Wade explores Japanese kawaii (cute) culture and its ubiquitous influence on the world today. From the infantile fluff of Hello Kitty to teenage doe-eyed love portrayed in anime, “cute” is the happy solution for global marketing strategies. Wade directs there is no end to more, a solo for a salesman in which he sells his own super show, performed by actor/dancer Jared Gradinger in collaboration with Japanese illustrator Hiroki Otsuka, Berlin-based video artist Veith Michel, musician Brendan Dougherty and architects Katja Mitte and Henning Ströh.

there is no end to more will premiere at Japan Society at three performances in December 2009, and one in January 2010 to coincide with the Association for Arts Presenters Conference. Following the January 2010 NY engagement, it will tour to The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA, for one performance and the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, for three performances.

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