Bio & Texts – This is Concrete

Jefta van Dinther (SE/NL) is a choreographer and dancer working between Stockholm and Berlin. He grew up in Sweden, after which he moved to the Netherlands and graduated from the Amsterdam School of the Arts (MTD) in 2003. Jefta makes performances, both alone and in collaboration with other artists. He is currently touring the new performance GRIND, made in collaboration with Minna Tiikkainen and David Kiers. His other works include The Blanket Dance (2011), made in collaboration with Frederic Gies and DD Dorvillier, Kneeding (2010), The Way Things Go (2009) and IT’S IN THE AIR (2008) in collaboration with Mette Ingvartsen. The Way Things Go is also included in the repertory of the Cullberg. Jefta has been engaged as a performer with various choreographers including Mette Ingvartsen, Xavier Le Roy, Ivana Muller, Frederic Gies, Kristine Slettevold, Keren Levi and Leine&Roebana. Jefta teaches in choreography, sharing his methods of work and practices. Recently, he has been appointed artistic director of the MA program in Choreography together with Frederic Gies at the University of Dance and Circus in Stockholm. Jefta is currently in creation for a new big scale production with the Cullberg entitled Plateau Effect that will premiere in the July 2013.

Thiago Granato (BR) is a Brazilian performer and choreographer, who lives and works between Brazil, France and Germany.
He collaborated with coreographers such as Lia Rodrigues, Adriana Grechi, João Saldanha, Cristina Moura, Cristian Duarte, Thelma Bonavita, Mathilde Monnier, Cecília Bengolea and Lenio Kaklea. To name a few, his own works includes PLANO B (2008), in collaboration with Cristian Duarte, WE ARE NOT SUPERFICIAL, WE LOVE PENETRATION (2008), TOMBO (2009), in collaboration with Cristian Duarte and Thelma Bonavita. Together with Sandro Amaral, he develops the ongoing choreographic project BASEMENT, which is an open source dance/performance event where a group of artists are invited to give visibility to what usually remains unspoken publicly. He is currently working in collaboration with the artists Neto Machado, Jefta van Dinther and Frederic Gies. He also collaborates with the Festival Contemporâneo de Dança de São Paulo (Brazil). During 2008, he was part of the education project Ex.e.r.ce 08, coordinated by Xavier Le Roy, at the Centre Choregraphique National de Montpellier (France).

In 2013 he is one of the artists invited to participate in the project LOTE#2 (São Paulo/Brazil) and he develops a new choreographic research as fellow at Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart (Germany).

Jan Fedinger (DE) is a light artist and lighting designer based i the Netherlands. He graduated from Amsterdam School of Arts with a degree in technical theatre making and holds a master in lighting design from Helsinki theatre academy. In his collaborative work with contemporary theatre and performance makers like David Weber-Krebs, Rodrigo Sobarzo, Joao Evangelista, Violetta Perra and Aitana Cordero among others he has developed his own way of communicating through light with the audience. Aside of theatre, he develops light art installations that have been on display in for example Enschede, Helsinki and Paris. Currently, he is developing the installation series land [e]scapes that seeks to create an awareness for natural light phenomena in a digitalizing world in order to create an archive of experiences. In both theatre and installation-art Jan Fedinger seeks to challenge his audience’s perception through the use of light on a conscious and unconscious level. In this way, he seeks to create environments that possibly haven’t yet been perceived, but only dreamed of.

David Kiers (NL) graduated from the Sonology degree program at the Royal Conservatory in Den Haag, the Netherlands. In the recent years his main focus as an image and sound artist has been on the collaboration with Gideon Kiers and Lucas van der Velden under the Telcosystems moniker. Their search for a personal language in the world of abstract computer generated image and sound has produced a string of performances, installations and short films, which have been shown and nominated for awards all over the world (Sonar/Barcelona, de Appel/Amsterdam, International Short Film Festival/Oberhausen, Boijmans van Beuningen/Rotterdam, New York Digital Salon, ArsElectronica/Linz, Cyberarts Festival/Boston, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Transmediale/Berlin, Wood Street Galleries/Pittsburgh USA). In 2009 Telcosystems received the Gus Van Sant award for best experimental film, for their short film Loud things. Besides this he has composed music for various theatre and video productions like the Panic Productions pieces Dead Meat (2007) and Private Dancer (2008), Jefta van Dinther’s and Minna Tiikkainen’s GRIND (2011), and Skubriocha, a sound poetry performance with Valeri Scherstjanoi, performed during the 2007 International Poetry Festival in Berlin.