Plateau Effect by Jefta van Dinther

Press cuttings Plateau Effect

Dagens Nyheter:
"Brutal, brilliant and thrilling by Cullberg Ballet."

"...a puzzling and intelligent ballet with a brilliant final."

"The long beginning is purely fabulous. Vertiginous, mysteriously beautiful, providing examples of Jefta van Dinther's choreographic trademark: the ability to, from a nearly simple concreteness, create an as intelligent as sensual associatively flow of movement."

"Cullberg Ballet makes Plateau Effect a flowing and genuine ensemble work."

"When one dancer finally manages to break out from the collective and release herself from the thing's metamorphosis, you know that the end is near. Still, the final is as surprising as adorably brilliant."

"...a beautiful and intelligent stage experience."


Sveriges Radio P1, Kulturnytt:

"...visual and beautiful."

Svenska Dagbladet:

"Everything melts together to a poetic universe of vibrating energies in an interaction between charge and discharge."

"During the world premiere of Van Dinther's newest creation, nine dancers construct three wondrous worlds."

"Hallucinatory, never shown before, it seems to be a film that we are looking at."

"... it is a soft, smooth, seductive world. When the dancers finally walk upright again, they are totally transformed, creatures from another planet. Infinite energy vibrates through their undulating bodies, the generated heat streaming towards the audience. An audience that now, alas, has to leave Van Dinther's universe."

"...delightfully beautiful."

Dans Magazine:
"Jefta van Dinther (SE/NL) creates an overwhelming world for the international Cullberg Ballet (Stockholm) where dance, materials, sound and light each play an equal role. The force and the effort of the dancers, in interplay with the materials, generates beautiful images on the stage. The plateau effect is felt, and certainly not uninteresting."

"Van Dinther and Cullberg Ballet show that both the "experiment" as well as the installation go well together on the big stage."

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. Now, van Dinther creates a new piece specifically for Cullberg Ballet, this time for large venues, featuring nine of the Cullberg Ballet dancers. Plateau Effect had its world premiere in the summer of 2013 in Amsterdam.

In his new performance Jefta van Dinther seeks to disorient and challenge the viewer with a layering of choreography, light, sound and set. See-sawing between the dancers and their activities on one hand, and the materials they interact with on the other, a 'choreography of matter' emerges. Rudimentary elements merge and unravel into startling grandeur, where the raw reality of materiality flips into a psychedelic space of exception. In the intersection between matter-of-fact and make-belief Plateau Effect puts to tests our ability to transgress the here and now.

In Plateau Effect, the dancers resemble a community that is constantly on the move in an unsettled progression through various terrains. Communicating, transporting, constructing and inhabiting turns into choreography as they unite them in a joint effort to create more than one person can alone. Through body and voice, through sound, light and materials, this force of alliances directs and redirects towards and away from the audience. Immersed in the sonic landscape of David Kiers, with lighting design of Minna Tiikkainen and scenography by SIMKA, the performance races through a sequence of laborious productions, vibrating and unstoppable.

“With Plateau Effect, I want to continue my research in the areas of perception”, 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.   

Press cuttings for The Way Things Go

“You don’t want to miss a single second of this vivid dance mobile…”
“Jefta van Dinther and Cullberg Ballet create a successful meeting that you immediately want to relive.”
Anna Ångström, Svenska Dagbladet

“It is fascinating how much Jefta van Dinther – and the Cullberg Ballet dancers – manage to extract from a fairly simple choreographic concept about causes and effects.”
“Jefta van Dinther seems to be an unusual and hot talent.”
Örjan Abrahamsson, Dagens Nyheter

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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 (2012), made in collaboration with Thiago Granato, as well as GRIND (2011), in collaboration with lighting designer Minna Tiikkainen and sound designer Davis 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 Ballet. Jefta has been engaged as a performer with various choreographers including Mette Ingvartsen, Xavier Le Roy, Ivana Muller, Frédéric Gies, Kristine Slettevold, Keren Levi and Leine&Roebana. Jefta teaches in choreography, sharing his methods of work and practices. He is artistic director of the MA program in Choreography together with Frédéric Gies at the University of Dance and Circus in Stockholm. In 2012 Jefta van Dinther was awarded The Birgit Cullberg Grant, and in spring 2013 he received a three year production support from The Swedish Arts Council and The City of Stockholm.

Composer/Sound designer

David Kiers

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, ArsElectronica/Linz, Cyberarts Festival/Boston, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Transmediale/Berlin and Wood Street Galleries/Pittsburgh USA, to metion a few. In 2009 Telcosystems received the Gus Van Sant award for best experimental film for their short film Loudthings. Besides this David Kiers has composed music for various theatre and video productions, among them like Jefta van Dinther's last three productions Kneeding, GRIND and THIS IS CONCRETE.


Plateau Effect part one (19:18)
Composer: David Kiers
Inspired by the original song "Friday Night" by Chinawoman.
Vocals: Sigridur Kristjansdottir
Interpretation of lyrics : Jefta van Dinhter

Plateau Effect part two (24:16)
Composer: David Kiers

Plateau Effect part three (19:14)
Composer: David Kiers

Lighting designer

Award-winning lighting designer Minna Tiikkainen (born 1969 in Helsinki) began experimenting with light while studying fine arts. Her fascination with its immaterial quality led her to enroll at Theater Academy of Finland to study Lighting Design, where she received her MA in 2002. She then moved to Amsterdam, forging an international career in performing arts. Her work is described as strong in its minimal approach, especially appreciated for its significance for totality of the performance. She has worked with, i.a. Nicole Beutler, Jefta van Dinther, Mette Ingvartsen, Keren Levi, and Kate McIntosh.


SIMKA Foto: Micha Pedan

SIMKA is the project name for the visual artists Simon Häggblom’s and Karin Lind’s shared artistic activities. Through SIMKA they combine their knowledge and skill from visual art, set design and landscape architecture.

The core of their work is the investigation and formation of different spaces and sites for human interaction. Informed by the tensions between urbanity and nature, as well as the fictional and the habitual world. The pieces are more or less permanent, located in the gaps, the solitary or disintegrated spaces of the public or private sphere.

SIMKA was formed 12 years ago and has produced a number of large public commissions, in the last years; O-wall, Henriksdalshöjden's pre school (Nacka Kultur), Wonderland, at the penitentiary institution Hall in Södertälje (Statens Konstråd), The song of the forest, Igelstaverket, Södertälje (Söderenergi Kraftvärme AB), Les Trois Mages, outside Notre dame in Reims for the festival Reims Scénes d’Europe, France. Set design & costumes for Tusen år hos Gud –Choreography Margaretha Åsberg at The Royal Dramatic Theatre, Stockholm.

Their current work includes Leonora Carrington, set design and art installation for theater Unga Klara, project for Orgeval / Foyer Remois & La Friché Artistique and Reims Scénés d’Europe in Reims, France, exhibitions at Körsbärsgården konsthall, 2 – 21 juli, 2013, Gotland. Luleå Konsthall och Baltic Sea, for European Capital of Culture in Umeå in cooperation with Norrlandsoperan, Sweden, at Gallery Noass in Riga, Latvia and Pori Art Museum in Pori, Finland, 2014.

Karin Lind has also a career as set designer for theater and dance with over 100 productions the past 20 years.



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