Protagonist – Cullbergbaletten & Jefta van Dinther

Date: October 5
Time: 7.30 pm
Price: 200 SEK
Members: 150 SEK
Student/senoir/u 26 y: 100:-
Length: 60 min

Choreographer Jefta van Dinther is back with a new big stage production for 14 dancers in Cullbergbaletten. Elias, whose debut single ‘Revolution’ was a big hit last spring, provides recorded singing and voice-over. 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, 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
With: Cullbergbaletten: Adam Schütt, Camille Prieux, Dan Johansson, Daniel Sjökvist, Eleanor Campbell, Eva Mohn, Georges Hann, Giacomo Citton, Katie Jacobson, Linda Adami (Guest), Unn Faleide, Suelem de Oliveira da Silva, Sylvie Gehin Karlsson and Vincent Van der Plas.

Music and sound design: David Kiers
Vocals: ELIAS
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

World premiere 7 July 2016 at Julidans, at Stadsschouwburg, Amsterdam.
Swedish premiere 23 November 2016 at Dansens Hus, Stockholm.