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The Man Who Grew Common in Wisdom

The Man Who Grew Common in Wisdom (1989/2019), work by Deborah Hay

Deborah Hay created The Man Who Grew Common in Wisdom in 1989, dancing the piece herself. “Deborah Hay makes simplicity eloquent in her three-part solo”, said The New York Times the same year. For Hay, wisdom becomes the tangible experience of well-being within the ordinary world.

In the frame of the RE-perspective Deborah Hay: Works from 1968 to the present at Tanz im August 2019, Hay restaged her work with Cullberg’s dancer Eva Mohn. The trilogy is comprised of The Navigator, The Gardener and The Aviator.

2019-2021 Deborah Hay is associated artist at Cullberg, creating two works for the company. First out was Hay’s iconic piece The Match (2004) with four Cullberg dancers that premiered at Tanz im August. In October 2019 The Match and The Man Who Grow Common In Wisdom will be presented together at Dansens Hus, Stockholm.

The Man Who Grew Common in Wisdom

Choreography: Deborah Hay
Dancer: Eva Mohn
Original costume for The Gardener and The Aviator: Susan Norwood
Costume made by: Skrädderikompaniet LiLaRo, Stockholm
Coach: Chrysa Parkinson/Ros Warby

Co-produced by: Cullberg, Tanz im August / HAU Hebbel am Ufer and DHDC Deborah Hay Dance Company. In collaboration with Sophiensæle in Berlin.

More about The Match.