Bio & Texts – Grind

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 THIS IS CONCRETE, made in collaboration with Thiago Granato. 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 Ballet. 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 Ballet entitled Plateau Effect that will premiere in the July 2013. www.jeftavandinther.com

Minna Tiikkainen (FIN/NL) started her experiments with light while studying fine arts. Her fascination with the immaterial quality of light led her to continue her studies in the Theater Academy of Finland, where she graduated with an MA in Lighting Design. After moving to Amsterdam in 2002 she has been working within the field of performing arts, both in The Netherlands and abroad. She has also created the lighting design for several exhibitions and experimental music events. Her work is described as strong in its simple minimal approach and is especially appreciated for its significance for the totality of the performance. Her collaborators include Jefta van Dinther, Nicole Beutler, Keren Levi, Mette Ingvartsen and Kate McIntosh among others. www.zonk.net/mt

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), and Skubriocha, a sound poetry performance with Valeri Scherstjanoi, performed during the 2007 International Poetry Festival in Berlin. www.telcosystems.net