JEFTA VAN DINTHER / CULLBERG BALLET (NL/SE)

Protagonist

Austrian première

Protagonist is a contemplation on mankind. Songs of revolution and dances of evolution tell a tale of how people congregate, take on and are given roles. All the while instinct, resistance and compulsion become evidence of the battle each and every individual is fighting. Struggling to belong, in search for a common meaning or belief, a community takes shape. Protagonist is a parable about care, kinship and alliance as well as isolation, control and estrangement.

Protagonist is a very personal story. It is about a calling out for change, a manoeuvering out of immobility. The performance takes us on a journey of struggling and trying, of dreaming and hoping, of being haunted by our histories and of being overly preoccupied with what is yet to come. But somewhere along the line the people on stage choose another path: they regress in an evolutionary sense, as an active choice in reconnecting with what is around us. As a conscious decision for being present” (Jefta van Dinther)
 
Jefta van Dinther’s latest collaboration is a choreography for 14 dancers of the Cullberg Ballet. ELIAS, last year’s breakthrough artist in Swedish pop music, provides recorded singing and voice-over, accompanied by sound design and music from David Kiers, set design by the artist duo SIMKA and lighting design by Minna Tiikkainen.
 
Protagonist is Jefta van Dinther’s second creation for the Cullberg Ballet. His first, the successful production Plateau Effect, premiered in 2013 and went on to tour throughout Europe. Van Dinther received the Swedish theatre critics’ dance award in 2013 for the production, which was also chosen to be performed at the Swedish Biennial for Performing Arts in 2015. Jefta van Dinther's work is characterised by a vigorous physical approach and nearly always involves a staged research of movement itself. The moving body is the centrefold in his work, interacting with light, sound and different materials to come together as a whole. His works deal with notions of the visible and the invisible, light and darkness, illusion, affect voice and image.
 

 

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CHOREOGRAPHY / DIRECTION: Jefta van Dinther
PERFORMERS: Adam Schütt, Anand Bolder, Daniel Sjökvist, Eleanor Campbell, Eszter Czédulás, Eva Mohn, Gesine Moog, Jac Carlsson, Katie Jacobson, Linda Adami (Guest), Samuel Draper, Sylvie Gehin Karlsson, Unn Faleide and Vincent Van der Plas
MUSIC / SOUND DESIGN: David Kiers
VOCALS: ELIAS
LIGHTING DESIGN: Minna Tiikkainen
SET DESIGN: SIMKA
COSTUME ASSISTANT: Marita Tjärnström
TEXT: Jefta van Dinther
ASSISTANT CHOREOGRAPHER: Thiago Granato
REHEARSAL DIRECTOR: Thomas Zamolo
ARTISTIC ADVICE: Cecilia Roos, Felix Bethge and Robert Steijn
VOICE COACH: Pia Olby
 
ADDITIONAL ORIGINAL COMPOSITIONS:
Revolution, Elias Sahlin, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Joel Sjöö, EMI Music Publishing, Andreas Söderlund, Songs for Wife AB/BMG Rights Management (Scandinavia) AB, released by Warner Music Sweden AB
Inseparable, Elias Sahlin, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Frederick Wennborg, copyright control, released by Warner Music Sweden AB
Says, Nils Frahm, Manners McDade Music Publishing, courtesy of Erased Tapes Records
 
 
Jefta Van Dinther is a choreographer and dancer working between Stockholm and Berlin. He grew up in Sweden, after which he moved to the Netherlands and graduated from the Amsterdam School of the Arts (MTD) in 2003. His work is characterised by a rigorous physical approach and always involves a staged research of movement itself. The moving body is the centerfold in his work but belongs to and interacts with a body of light, sound and materials that constitute an environment of perception and sensation. The dancers work and dance their way through various environments: their processes exhibited live on stage become performances. Jefta’s work deals with illusion, the visible and the invisible, synesthesia, darkness and light, labour, the uncanny, affect, voice and image. They often play with formats of presentation, and range from traditional dispositifs to installation like settings as well as from smaller intimate performances to large-scale productions.
 
Currently on tour are As It Empties Out (2014), Plateau Effect (2013 – for the Cullberg Ballet), THIS IS CONCRETE (2012) and GRIND (2011). His other works include The Blanket Dance (2011), Kneeding (2010), The Way Things Go (2009) and IT’S IN THE AIR (2008). Between 2012 and 2014 he was appointed artistic co-director of the MA choreography course at the University of Dance and Circus in Stockholm together with Frederic Gies.
 
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recommended for age 16 or older
 
19. JAN - 21. APRIL
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INTRODUCTION
SAT 1. APRIL
18.45 h in TQW / Studios
Admission free
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THU 30. MARCH
19.00 h in TQW / WienXtra Kinderinfo
 
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