cullberg/jefta van dinther


Choreography: Jefta van Dinther
Music: David Kiers
Set design: Sven Jonke
Lighting design: Jonatan Winbo
Dancer: Suelem de Oliveira da Silva

30.09 - 09.10

A residency by Cullberg, contemporary dance company based in Botkyrka, Sweden.

After creating two big scale productions for Cullberg the past years, Jefta van Dinther returns to the company to work on a solo for one of the dancers; Suelem de Oliveira da Silva, to be presented on a big stage. One person, a big stage, music, light, and dance. The solo will be a portrait of Suelem by Jefta. In every new piece Jefta wants to find a new kind of body. In GRIND it was the worker’s body, in As It Empties Out the transcendental body and in Protagonist the animal body. With Solo for Suelem it will be the first time Jefta creates a solo on another body.

As Jefta explains:
“I want to share more than just skills. I want to work from the bodies’ knowledge, from care for this planet, from questions about how it is to exist on this planet. What does it mean to be a human being? On a personal level I have a strong interest in what humanity is going through right now. I want to delve into the intelligence of nature and of (other) cultures, as well as into the technology of the body. I want dancers on stage to be much more than only skilled human bodies. To be contextualized as an extension of this world, or vice versa.”

Cullberg is the national and international repertoire contemporary dance company in Sweden, continuously co-creating to make cutting edge dance relevant for the many. Together with choreographers from all over the world, we are 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. 2019-2021, Cullberg works exclusively with three associated artists: Alma Söderberg, Deborah Hay and Jefta van Dinther. The core of the company consists of 17 extraordinary individual dancers with a central role in the creations. Cullberg is led by artistic director Gabriel Smeets and managing director Stina Dahlström. Cullberg is part of Riksteatern – The Swedish National Touring Theatre.

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