As It Empties Out

As It Empties Out is Jefta van Dinther’s largest project thus far, in which he continues to work with many of his long-term collaborators. The performance spreads out as a delirious sequence, inviting us to both remember the theatre and forget it. As It Empties Out renders the body as the main site of performance and by playing with scale, dimension and time dislodges our sense-making: an extended length turns into a towering height; the time of a woman's slow descent into space becomes her age; the presence of an invisible hovering force exceeds the proportions of the theater.

The dancers willfully expend themselves through rituals, in an infinite discharge of energy, emotion and expression. This process of emptying never reaches vacuum. What is lost through shedding, leaking and opening, is gained within its experience. Plotted out in an interplay of shrill contrasts, As It Empties Out burns through a spill of unforeseen and parallel realities. A distorted fantasy emerges, of juxtaposed movements, voices, clothes and sounds. Little by little the performance coaxes the audience deeper into a place that lacks spatial coordinates and where bodies repeatedly vanish and dissolve.

“As It Empties Out is a trip, a dark dream, a delirium; the performance is centered around confusion and a play with time, expectation and perspective.”
– Theaterkrant

“The work is mind-blowing, even shocking.”
– Helsingin Sanomat

“The performance is extraordinary and extremist eccentric, it generates a confusion of the senses, fluctuations in one's awareness and a state of trance.”
– Kulturradio

“It is a vivid compendium of something dreamt of, something worked out together from an Illusion, which only theatre breathtakingly can render in real time.”
– European Cultural News

“Uncompromising and ruthlessly good."
– der Standard

“grand and confusing cinema…”
– Tanz

Choreography Jefta van Dinther
Created and performed by Linda Adami, Thiago Granato, Naiara Mendioroz Azkarate, Eeva Muilu, Roger Sala Reyner and Jefta van Dinther 
Lighting design Minna Tiikkainen
Sound design David Kiers

Set design SIMKA

Technical coordinator and technician Susana Alonso

Artistic advice Robert Steijn

Costume advice Jorge Dutor

Production management Emelie Bergbohm
Distribution Koen Vanhove – Key Performance

Administrative structure Interim kultur AB (svb) – Sweden

All music made by David Kiers except the track “Doorway” by Planningtorock

Thanks to Frederic Gies, Sandro Amaral, Myriam Van Imschoot and Cecilia Roos

Co-production Tanzquartier Wien, Sadler’s Wells London, Centre National de la Danse Paris, Dansens Hus Oslo, Centre Chorégraphique National de Rillieux-la-Pape / Direction Yuval Pick, PACT Zollverein, BUDA Kortrijk, HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin), Mercat de les Flors Barcelona, Dansens Hus Stockholm and Modul-Dance
Funded by the Swedish Arts Council, City of Stockholm and Kulturbryggan
Supported by fabrik Potsdam


As it Empties Out is a production by Jefta van Dinther


Photo Ivo Hofsté (PR), Eva Würdinger (performance pictures)


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