«manoeuvres for doing and undoing», 2018
A further development of Nedd’s previous piece “Re(mains)”, his performance in the riding hall of Kaserne Basel explores the potential of a specific “hypermasculine” body language as expressed by the recurrent gestures and attitudes in rap videos. Isolated from its music and lyrics, this accessible, unrestricted vocabulary of dance is recontextualized through Nedd’s unique stage designs. He revisits the design principles of extraction and appropriation through his newly developed choreography to exposethe Western construct of masculinity as a collective notion and its association with gender stereotypes. To expand the scope of action, Jeremy Nedd creates original backdrops that reflect the prevailing visual language of masculinity. Scenes from everyday life, the media, and references in the history of art serve as points of departure. As he transforms these existing physical precedents into his own movements and rhythms, Nedd strikes a chord of estrangement that opens new levels of meaning and a platform for critique.