“Perhaps more than an exploration of mercantile activity or the transaction of late-night cruising, Koltès’ play is a speculation on the individual’s capacity to know another.”
Adam Linder is a choreographer who works between Los Angeles and Berlin. His performances are shown in both performance and visual arts contexts. In 2016, he was awarded the Mohn Prize for artistic excellence from the Hammer Museum for his work in Made in LA.
Inspired by the Client/Dealer relationship from the Bernard Marie-Koltès play In the Solitude of The Cotton Fields, THE WANT is a contemporary opera—with music by Ethan Braun and lighting design by Shahryar Nashat—that fuses vocal expression with a rich physicality. The libretto, littered with interjections from Jacques Derrida to Missy Elliott, contemplates the desire, vulnerability and cunning at the heart of any transaction. The singers, actors and dancers—Jess Gadani, Justin F. Kennedy, Jasmine Orpilla and Roger Sala Reyner—are ‘Offerors’ and ‘Offerees’ enrobed as the key archetypes of mercantile Europe and the spiritual tradition of constant trade between a reflexive mind and a sensuous being.
Production Adam Linder. Coproduction HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin, UCLA's Center for the Art of Performance, Los Angeles, Kampnagel Hamburg.
Funded by Hauptstadtkulturfonds.
Funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts Challenge Grant Endowment, the Royce Gala Endowment and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation multi-year grant for Collaborative Intersections in the Visual and Performing Arts.
Photo credit: Andrea Rossetti