Choreographer Jefta van Dinther is back with a new big stage production for 14 of the Cullbergbaletten dancers. 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 première at Julidans in Amsterdam 7 July 2016.
“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”, says Jefta van Dinther.
Choreography Jefta van Dinther
Sound design David Kiers
Song, voice-over and original composition ELIAS
Lighting design Minna Tiikkainen
Set design SIMKA
Costume Marita Tjärnström
Text Jefta van Dinther
Assistant choreographer Thiago Granato
Rehearsal director Thomas Zamolo
Artistic advise Robert Steijn, Cecilia Roos and Felix Bethge
Duration approximately 60 minutes.
With 14 dancers.
World premiere 7 July 2016 at Julidans, Amsterdam.
Sweden premiere 23 November at Dansens Hus, Stockholm.