Illustrations by Edith Hammar  + Graphic design by Sara Kaaman

 

Jen Rosenblit - I'm Gonna Need Another One

Parts of things are in the painful process of becoming whole things themselves. I’m Gonna Need Another One troubles the authentic or singular self by elevating the inevitability of things falling apart. The work situates itself within the proximity of twelve green foam blocks as they leave dusty traces, eventually crumble and disappear in form. Rosenblit stands in as Performer, Herself, as well as multiple figures which speak to problems for the preparation for future strategies and ways of organizing how we come to know where and who we are. From a Sous Chef, to Chiron: the Greek God of pain known for the acknowledgment of the wound on his animal leg, a Wheat Farmer, a Soldier, Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz, and a Compulsive Re-arranger of Furniture, the figures orient and reorient the work as we get lost in the multiplicity of this solo body, performing a strategy of endurance based on distraction. A picnic occurs, a small wheat field gets cultivated and for one moment, this imitation land obscures the figure of the body. A monologue takes us through profiles of the figures and finally opens up to include a short pause to speak about things that we like. We are left with an illegible city plan, suggesting that being lost is a valid location. 

 

Performance date: 13/9 19.30

 

Concept, text, performance: Jen Rosenblit 

Light and technical direction: Yoshi Geottgens

Sound Design and live performance: Gerald Kurdian 

Dramaturgie: Kuchar & Co / Adham Hafez and Adam Kucharski, Jay Scheib

Reserach and Photography: Simon Courchel 

Chess floor: Christopher Füllemann 

Apron: Quinn Czejkowski

Metal work: Abigail Lloyd / Pine Pine Studio

Production management:  MiCA / Katharina Meyer and Raisa Kröger

A production by Jen Rosenblit. Funded by the Hauptstadtkulturfonds. In cooperation with The Chocolate Factory Theater(NYC) and Sophiensaele(DE), with support from Atelier Mondial.


 

Jen Rosenblit makes performances in New York City and Berlin surrounding architectures, bodies and ideas concerned with problems that arise inside of agendas for togetherness. Rosenblit’s works lean toward the uncanny and maintenance of care, locating ways of being together amidst impossible spaces. The research process tracks the tangential rather than the linear, looking for meaning as it emerges between things.

Rosenblit has collaborated with artists including Simone Aughterlony, Miguel Gutierrez, A.K. Burns and Philipp Gehmacher. Recent works include I’m Gonna Need Another One(2018-2019 co-production between Sophiensaele(DE) and The Chocolate Factory Theater(NYC)), Everything Fits In The Room( a 2017 collaboration with Simone Aughterlony, HAU Hebbel am Ufer), Swivel Spot (2017, The Kitchen), Clap Hands (2016, The Invisible Dog/New York Live Arts), a Natural dance (2014, The Kitchen).

Rosenblit is a 2018 Guggenheim Fellow, a 2018 Atelier Mondial Artist-in-Residence in Basel, Switzerland, a 2015-16 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence, a 2014-2015 Workspace Artist through Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, a recipient of a 2014 New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award, a 2013 Fellow at Insel Hombroich (Nuese, Germany) and a recipient of the 2012 Grant to Artists from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts.  

 

PHOTO CREDIT: Simon Courchel