Cullberg Ballet & Jefta van Dinther

Protagonist (Theaterreis naar Hasselt)

donderdag 25 oktober 2018 / 18:45 uur
Theatercafé
Genre: Dans

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Sinds Jefta van Dinther als choreograaf doorbrak met zijn solo Grind (2011) is de wereld zijn podium. Hij werkt in Stockholm en Berlijn en toont zijn werk op talloze internationale podia.


In Protagonist, zijn tweede grote productie bij het prestigieuze Zweedse Cullberg Ballet, gooien de dansers hun lichaam in de strijd. Van Dinther: ‘In die strijd om erbij te horen, op zoek naar gedeelde betekenis of een gezamenlijk geloof, krijgt een gemeenschap vorm. Protagonist is een verhaal over de zorg voor elkaar, verwantschap en verbinding, maar ook over vervreemding, controle en isolement.’

 

Behalve veertien dansers haalde Van Dinther er ook zanger Elias bij, in 2015 dé Zweedse muzikale ontdekking.

 

 

Protagonist is choreographer Jefta van Dinther’s second big stage production for Cullbergbaletten. Elias, 2015’s major breakthrough artist in Swedish music, whose debut single ‘Revolution’ was a big hit, provides recorded singing and voice-over, accompanied by sound design and music from David Kiers, set design by artist duo SIMKA and lighting design by Minna Tiikkainen.

 

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 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, 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 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

Created together with and performed by

Adam Schütt, Alexandra Campbell, Anand Bolder, Daniel Sjökvist, Eleanor Campbell, Eszter Czédulás, Eva Mohn, Gesine Moog, Jac Carlsson, Katie Jacobson, Linda Adami, Samuel Draper, Unn Faleide, Vincent Van der Plas, Tiran Willems

Music and sound design

David Kiers

Vocals

ELIAS

Lighting design

Minna Tiikkainen

 

Set design

SIMKA

Costume assistant

Marita Tjernström

Text

Jefta van Dinther

Assistant choreographer

Thiago Granato

Rehearsal director

Thomas Zamolo

Artistic advice

Cecilia Roos, Felix Bethge and Robert Steijn