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. In 2013, van Dinther created 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.
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
A production by Cullberg Ballet – cullbergbaletten.se