Choreography: Jefta van Dinther
Created with, and performed by: Suelem de Oliveira da Silva
Sound design: David Kiers including specially composed music based on Window Sash Weights by Sun Kil Moon
Set design: Numen/For Use
Lighting design: Jonatan Winbo
Costume: Jefta van Dinther and Suelem de Oliveira da Silva
The film production is directed by Simon Flack, Chimney, and co-produced by Cullberg and Norrlandsoperan.
Part 1: Mountains
As human beings, we are perpetually haunted by our own implication in the nature-culture bind. Our unease is addressed downwards and upwards at the same time: to the unearthing of the ground as well as to the shrinking of the limitless sky. In Mountains, Van Dinther tackles the question of how to be and stay in love with our ever-changing world. Through an expulsion of words, both familiar and foreign, the performer on stage acts as a conduit, lamenting on behalf of others. Her being unravels in the nexus between the physical, biological and anthropological – between gravitational forces, instinct and desire.
Cullberg is a national and international repertoire contemporary dance company in Sweden, continuously co-creating to make cutting edge dance relevant for the many. Together with choreographers from all over the world, they explore ideas on how dance can be defined, produced and presented. The core of the company consists of 17 extraordinary individual dancers with a central role in the creations. Cullberg is led by artistic director Gabriel Smeets and managing director Stina Dahlström. Cullberg is part of Riksteatern – The Swedish National Touring Theatre.
Jefta van Dinther (SE/DE) is a choreographer and dancer, based in 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 van Dinther returns to Cullberg as Associate Choreographer to create two new works for the company, in 2021 and 2022. The first part of the diptych is Mountains, a solo that will premiere May 2021. The second part is Islands, a group piece with 13 of the company’s dancers, with premiere in the spring of 2022. In 2013, Jefta as awarded The Swedish Art Critic’s prize for best production, Plateau Effect that was also selected to The Swedish Biennial for Performing Arts in Malmö 2015. Jefta van Dinther is associated artist at Cullberg, together with Alma Söderberg and Deborah Hay, 2019-2022.