Adam Linder won The Place Prize for Dance 2008, sponsored by Bloomberg. Australian-born Linder choreographed Foie Gras, one of 20 original contemporary dance pieces commissioned to compete for The Place Prize. The duet, performed by Linder with dancer Lorena Randi, parodies an evolution from galumphing sub-human animals, to mincing catwalk models, to self-obsessed pole dancers.
Linder was selected by a panel of judges including poet Lemn Sissay and architect John Pawson, following a 10-night run of performances of the works of the five finalists in the competition. At 25 he is the youngest of the choreographers commissioned, and Foie Gras is only the third professional work he created for the stage. John Ashford, Theatre Director of The Place and creator of The Place Prize, said: "If this year we have a 'shock' winner, it is thanks to The Place Prize creating a level playing field for new choreographic voices to compete with their more established counterparts. The judges have chosen Adam's work as the best from a rich and diverse field of 20 commissioned pieces, and just may have discovered a new dance star."
Adam had previously danced with The Royal Ballet, Netherlans Dans Theater, Michael Clark Company and Bonachela Dance Company. In 2005 he created Over My Dead Body for The Lucent Theatre, Holland. In 2006, he set up Collectnudes.com, an online exhibition and archive of short film in collaboration with photographer Will Davidson. Their films have been broadcast on UK, Australian and Spanish Television. In 2008 he created The Perfect Score for Resolution! at The Place and presented an installation entitled I Put My Trust In You at The Palais De Tokyo, Paris.