On Earth I’m Done: Mountains
As human beings, we are perpetually haunted by our own implication in the nature-culture bind. Our unease is addressed downwards and upwards at the same time: to the unearthing of the ground as well as to the shrinking of the limitless sky. In Mountains, Van Dinther tackles the question of how to be and stay in love with our ever-changing world. Through an expulsion of words, both familiar and foreign, the performer on stage acts as a conduit, lamenting on behalf of others. Their being unravels in the nexus between the physical, biological and anthropological – between gravitational forces, instinct and desire.
After creating two large scale productions for Cullberg the past years, Jefta van Dinther returns as Associated Choreographer to create 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. Mountains is the first part of the diptych and will be alternately performed by Agnieszka Sjökvist Dlugoszewska, Freddy Houndekindo and Marco da Silva Ferreira. The second part Islands, a group piece for 13 dancers, premieres in May 2022 and will be shown at TQW in autumn the same year.
is a choreographer and dancer working and living in Berlin. His work is characterized by a rigorous physical approach and always implies a staged research of movement itself. The moving body is 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. 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 formats of presentation and range from traditional dispositifs to installation-like settings as well as from smaller intimate performances to large-scale productions. In addition, Jefta van Dinther has created the choreography for and dances in the music video Monument (2015) by Röyksopp & Robyn. He is associated artist at Cullberg, together with Alma Söderberg and Deborah Hay, 2019–2021.
was founded by Birgit Cullberg in 1967 and is the leading repertoire contemporary dance company in Sweden, continuously co-creating to make cutting edge dance relevant for the many. Together with interesting choreographers and their teams from all over the world, Cullberg is exploring ideas on how dance can be defined, produced and presented. Those explorations are the pillars of a company that is constantly in motion at the heart of the international arena. The core of the company consists of 17 extraordinary individual dancers. The dancers are co-creators in the artistic process with the intention and interest to develop the works continuously.
Choreography Jefta van Dinther Performed by Freddy Houndekindo Created with Suelem de Oliveira da Silva Sound design David Kiers Set design Numen / For Use Light design Jonatan Winbo A coproduction by Cullberg, PACT Zollverein, Essen, Freiburg Theater und Vitlycke – Centre for Performing Arts, Tanumshede
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