Choreographer Jefta van Dinther is back with a new big stage production for 14 dancers in Cullbergbaletten. Elias, last year's major breakthrough artist in Swedish music, whose debut single 'Revolution' was a big hit last spring, 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. The new production, entitled 'Protagonist', will have its world premiere at Julidans in Amsterdam 7 July, and be performed for the first time in Sweden at Dansens Hus in Stockholm in November.
'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 deal with notions of the visible and the invisible, light and darkness, illusion, affect voice and image.
Choreography, direction Jefta van Dinther
Created together with and performed by Adam Schütt, Alexandra Campbell (guest), Anand Bolder, Daniel Sjökvist, Eleanor Campbell, Eszter Czédulás, Eva Mohn, Gesine Moog, Jac Carlsson, Katie Jacobson, Linda Adami (guest), Samuel Draper, Unn Faleide, Vincent Van der Plas, Tiran Willemse
Music and sound design David Kiers
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
Photo Urban Jörén
Duration approximately 60 minutes.
World premiere 7 July 2016 at Julidans, at Stadsschouwburg, Amsterdam.
Sweden premiere 23 November at Dansens Hus, Stockholm.