Puddles the Pelican
Puddles the Pelican is a broken scrappy one-eyed bird of a cabaret singer, who lives on a Cruise Ship at the end of time. A survivor of the Deep Horizon Oil Spill, Puddles sings, squawks, moans and tells stories of love and loss to keep the cruise ship passengers awake, as they sail towards a howl, blind, eternal and empty, on a sea that is no longer blue but a rusted dark orange. Choking on bits of tar, flailing all fantastic Puddles quacks: “Once a glorious bird, now covered in oil, which one of you Bitches has a match?”
Jeremy Wade is the queen in service of Puddles the Pelican, “This bird has me working like a dog,” says he. Disruption, excess, hyper vulnerability – Jeremy Wade is an extreme performer, performance maker, curator and social practitioner. His work is disturbing and thought-provoking: it revolves around queer and feminist strategies of world making, the relational ethics of care, neo liberal critique and the violence that social norms cause on bodies of difference.
After graduating from the School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam (2000) and receiving a Bessie Award for his first evening length performance 'Glory at Dance' Theatre Workshop in New York City (2006), Wade moved to Berlin. Since then, he has worked in close collaboration with the Hebbel Theatre, Sophiensaele, Haus der Kulturen der Welt and Gessnerallee, Zurich. Recently, Wade created the works 'Fountain', 'Death Asshole Rave Video', 'Drawn Onward' and 'Between Sirens.' In May 2019 'The Clearing' premiered. A three-act post-apocalyptic horror trip in which he collaborated with musician Marc Lohr. The piece deals with the death of hope in a hallucinatory, overblown, bizarre and absurd way. Wade performs as a garbage-busting android, a tragic sufferer and a scrappy Cabaret Queen named Puddles the Pelican, on an apocalyptic Cruise Ship. His current focus is all things Puddles.
Photo by Florian Hetz, Ayla Pierrot Arendt, Nadia Perlov