In autumn 2011 Cullberg Ballet performed Jefta van Dinther’s The Way Things Go at Kulturhuset in Stockholm. The choreographed chain of causes and effects, which had its world première in 2009, was a great success in Sweden, and van Dinther was acclaimed for his inventive choreography. Next year, van Dinther will create a new piece specifically for Cullberg Ballet, this time for large venues, featuring ten of the Cullberg Ballet dancers.
In his new performance, van Dinther seeks to disorient and challenge the viewer by combining choreography, light and sound – an amalgam that rushes towards the spectator at full speed.
In Plateau Effect, the dancers resemble a community that is constantly on the move, in an unsettling progression through various terrains. The dancers’ physical undertakings, such as transporting, building and inhabiting, turn into choreography as they unite them in a joint effort to create more than one person can alone.
“With Plateau Effect, I want to continue my research in the areas of perception and synaesthesia,” says van Dinther. “I want the body, light and sound to quite literally extend and reach out to the spectators, with directness and without a need for interpretation. I want to cultivate and promote a space where an audience can spend time with the things they do not recognize. The title Plateau Effect refers to a temporary state of stable productivity, in which a levelling out occurs. ”
Plateau Effect (2013)
Choreography Jefta van Dinther
Sound design David Kiers
Set design SIMKA
Lighting design Minna Tiikkainen
Rehearsal director and Assistant to the choreographer: Thomas Zamolo
Artistic advisors: Frédéric Gies, Kristine Slettevold and Robert Steijn
With nine dancers in Cullberg Ballet.
Duration approximately 60 minutes, no intermission.
World premiere in the summer of 2013.