Choreographer Jefta van Dinther is back with a new big stage production for Swedish dance company Cullbergbaletten. ELIAS, last year's major breakthrough artist in Swedish music, whose debut single 'Revolution' is a major hit, provides recorded singing and voice-over, accompanied by music and sound design from David Kiers, lighting design by Minna Tiikkainen, and set design by artist duo SIMKA. 'Protagonist', will have its world première at Julidans in Amsterdam 7 July 2016. Protagonist will tour this autum to Stockholm, Dansens Hus 23-25 November and Kortrijk, Budascoop 29 November.
“Protagonist is a very personal story. It is about a calling out for change, a maneuvering 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”, says Jefta van Dinther.
Samuel Draper, Tiran Willemse, Anand Bolder, Adam Schütt, Vincent Van der Plas, Daniel Sjökvist in Protagonist by Jefta van Dinther
'Protagonist' is Jefta van Dinther's second creation for Cullbergbaletten. 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 implies a staged research of movement itself. The moving body is centrefold in his work, interacting with light, sound and different materials to come together as a whole. His works deals with notions of the visible and the invisible, light and darkness, illusion, affect, voice and image.
Van Dinther's other productions of note include the aforementioned Plateau Effect (2013), As It Empties Out (2014), THIS IS CONCRETE (2012), GRIND (2011), The Blanket Dance (2011), Kneeding (2010), The Way Things Go (2009) and IT’S IN THE AIR (2008). Jefta van Dinther graduated from Amsterdam School of the Arts (MTD) in 2003. He has also worked as Senior Lecturer and Artistic Director of the Master programme in Choreography at DOCH (School of Dance and Circus in Stockholm), and in 2012 he was awarded the Birgit Cullberg grant by Konstnärsnämnden, the Swedish Arts Grants Committee.
Photo Urban Jörén
World premiere 7 July 2016 at Julidans, at Stadsschouwburg, Amsterdam.
Sweden premiere 23 November at Dansens Hus, Stockholm. More Info: www.cullbergballetten.se