On Earth I’m Done: Islands
In Islands, the audience is transported to a place torn out of the conventional space-time continuum. Orbiting the conflicts of beauty and danger, existence must be rebuilt from scratch and living learnt anew. Elementary logics and irregular intelligences are being reborn; life passes between mineral, vegetal, animal, human and machinic forms. Islands is a performance which imagines an alternate order of organisation, a state of exception, quarantined from the natural world. Here, replication becomes a mode of survival and dancing a weapon.
Jefta van Dinther returned as an associated choreographer to Cullberg in 2019 and has since created two new works for the company. In the archaic-futuristic diptych On Earth I’m Done, the audience is transported to a place torn out of the conventional space-time continuum. The first part of the diptych, the solo Mountains, confronted culture and nature and was shown at TQW in January 2022. The second part, a group piece for 13 dancers, explores the dualism between culture and technology.
is a choreographer and dancer based in Berlin. He grew up in Sweden, after which he moved to the Netherlands and graduated from the Amsterdam School of the Arts. Van Dinther’s works deal with notions of illusion, the visible and the invisible, synaesthesia, darkness, labour, the uncanny, affect, voice and image. They often play with presentation formats ranging from traditional dispositifs to installation-like settings, from smaller intimate performances to large-scale productions. Jefta van Dinther has realised several ensemble works with Cullberg, such as Plateau Effect, Protagonist and On Earth I’m Done: Mountains. His works include the international successes, The Quiet and Dark Field Analysis, and he created the choreography for the music video Monument by Röyksopp & Robyn. Together with Alma Söderberg and Deborah Hay, he was an ‘Associated Artist’ at Cullberg, 2019–2022.
is a national and international contemporary dance company based in Botkyrka outside Stockholm, founded by Birgit Cullberg in 1967. Together with invited choreographers and artistic teams, we give space and time to in-depth work where we investigate what dance and choreography can be and how dance can be produced and presented. Together we create a repertoire that comments on and reflects the present. We work continuously so that a large audience in Sweden and internationally can experience contemporary dance. Kristine Slettevold is the artistic director, and Stina Dahlström is the managing director. Cullberg is part of Riksteatern – The Swedish National Touring Theatre.
Choreography Jefta van Dinther Sound design David Kiers Costume, set design Cristina Nyffeler Lighting design Jonatan Winbo Created in collaboration with the dancers Adam Schütt, Anand Bolder, Anna Fitoussi, Heather Birley, Cecilia Wretemark-Hauck, Eleanor Campbell, Freddy Houndekindo, Johanna Tengan, Louise Dahl, Magalí Camps*, Naomi Schouten**, Noam Segal, Vincent Van der Plas / *apprentice from the Danish National School of Performing Arts, Copenhagen / **apprentice from ArtEZ University of the Arts, Arnhem
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