Adam Kerbel (he/him/el) is an interdisciplinary artist whose work connects with bodily sensation. He works through collaboration and shared community during all stages of creative development, inviting participants to build upon shared experience. His movement between creative actions, learning, and space making are unified by his mission to open spaces for connection with others.
Adam co-founded the groundbreaking Almanac Dance Circus Theatre in Philadelphia and is a dynamic educator at Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. His presentations of solo work, choreographic partnerships, and productions with Almanac include Imago Music Festival (2021), Skirball Cultural Center (2020), High Voltage (2019), Home Grown (2018), Hollywood Fringe (2017), Philadelphia Fringearts Festival (2017), Painted Bride (2017), Links Hall (2016), Festival Internacional de Danza Contemporánea (2016), Fleisher Art Memorial (2015), and New York Live Arts (2013-14).
In 2020, Adam's work with Almanac was designated a Rocky Award by Zornitsa Stoyanova for the production and curation of Fit Fest (2019), a new dance festival celebrating our human freedom to move in public spaces and the diverse crews and companies that represent dance in Philadelphia and beyond. In 2021, Adam partnered with Imago Music Festival to join in an effort to raise over $40K to benefit United Friends of the Children LA, culminating in a performance set that provided ASL assistance.
As an artist and as a convener of meaningful experiences, it's my belief that embodied practices of listening and mutual understanding underpin a more inclusive and democratic future. Listening is possible in many forms, making the stories held by individuals who operate together as valuable as the work presented publicly. Therefore, my ethos is collaborative and participatory.
Starting with the movement of my body, the movement of my peers, or the movement of the acoustic guitar I craft live performances that welcome listening of many kinds. I like to wonder why I interiorize and then am overcome by an instinct to perform, so in my performance work I agitate ideals about individualism through community collaboration. Sensory experiences, surprise, conversation, song-making, and interaction can all function in my artwork; I love to invite others to participate in wondering about facets of being and our relationships to the environment. During the creative process as well as in performance, I view transitory moments of experience as their own type of improvisation that reveal underlying truths about togetherness.
Pronounced phonetically, K-K-Cuddly / Ab-Ab-Abrazos is a pseudonym for my music that began to emerge during the Covid-19 pandemic. In English and in Spanish, it points to what has become risky political action: the urge to open your arms and hug some body.