Dark Field Analysis voted second best dance show

Dark Field Analysis voted second best dance show in the Dutch newspaper NRC:

“Haunting and disorienting, intimate and alienating: such is the physical and spoken conversation of the two men on their grass green carpet. Van Dinther’s best until now.”

Thank you!

See full article here (in Dutch).

New piece | The Quiet

In March 2019 we will premiere the new piece The Quiet at HAU2 in Berlin. The Quiet is the latest creation of choreographer Jefta van Dinther, which brings together five women on stage.

Read more here, and see calendar for all show dates.

Tour of Dark Field Analysis

Dark Field Analysis has toured to Oslo, Copenhagen and Malmö during these last weeks. Now coming up in Vienna, Paris, Guimaraes, Montreal and Amsterdam. Check out the touring schedule here.

Protagonist continues the tour down south…

The popular piece “Protagonist”, created for the Cullberg ballet, continues its spring tour in southern Europe. After shows in Berlin, Paris, and Barcelona next stop is now Sevilla (Feb 9+10) and then on to Madrid (Feb 15+16).

For full list of upcoming shows and more details, see calendar.


Upcoming shows: GRIND

GRIND, a collaboration between Jefta van Dinther, David Kiers and Minna Tiikkainen, will be hitting a total of 75 performances with the upcoming shows spring 2018. Not to be missed.

April 3-4th at Théâtre d’Orléans, Orléans

May 10-12th at Orionteatern, Stockholm


ICI-CCN Montpellier

At ICI-CCN Montpellier together with Linda Adami, Alexandra Campbell, Minna Tiikkainen, Cristina Nyffeler and David Kiers.

Premiere of Dark Field Analysis during Tanz im August

Finally we can bring you the news: Dark Field Analysis will premiere in Berlin at Tanz im August on 24, 25, 26 & 27 August 2017. Dark Field Analysis is a piece for two performers; Juan Pablo Cámara and Roger Sala Reyner. Sound designer David Kiers and lighting designer Minna Tiikkainen make up, together with Jefta, a long-lasting core creative team, here joined by scenographer Cristina Nyffeler. The performance has grown out of Jefta van Dinther’s desire to tackle autobiographical materials and with that a wish to speak. In Dark Field Analysis the voice and, more importantly, words make up a next step in reaching out to communicate with his audience. Jefta ventures deeper into his previous research of the voice as an extension of the body, oral expressions and narration. Look here for more information.

Protagonist at Cullbergbaletten’s 50th anniversary

This year Cullbergbaletten celebrates their 50th anniversary. For the occasion, the company will present a unique encounter between two works created for and with the company: Eurydice is Dead by Birgit Cullberg and Protagonist by Jefta van Dinther. The celebration program will be presented at Dansens Hus, Stockholm 27-29 April 2017. Tickets are on sale at

Dark Field Analysis

Jefta van Dinther just started working on a new project with the title Dark Field Analysis together with the dancers Juan Pablo Camara and Roger Sala Reyner. The creation process will continue during the spring and autumn of 2016 and premiere during 2017.

Kneeding for the BA program at DOCH, Stockholm

Jefta van Dinther’s performance Kneeding from 2009 will be restaged between 28-31 May in Kulturhuset Stadsteatern in Stockholm. Originally made for three men, this performance is reworked for 15 women for this special occasion, and will be presented as part of the exam program of the BA in Dance and Performance at DOCH (The University of Dance and Circus in Stockholm).

For more info please visit

Concept: Jefta van Dinther | Created by: Jefta van Dinther, Frederic Gies and Thiago Granato | Performed by: The third year students at the BA in Dance and Performance at DOCH, Stockholm | Sound: David Kiers

Jefta choreographs and performs in the new music video Monument by Röyksopp & Robyn

Jefta choreographs and performs in the new music video Monument by Röyksopp & Robyn that was released a few weeks ago. The video is directed by Max Vitali and is one of the tracks from the mini album ‘Do It Again’.

Watch the video HERE
Watch the behind-the-scenes HERE

Monument by Röyksopp and Robyn | Directed by Max Vitali Animations by Major Briggs | Choreography by Jefta van Dinther Performed by Robyn & Röyksopp, Zoe Puloch and Jefta van Dinther

Jefta is leaving his artistic co-director position of the MA in Choreography at DOCH

As of July 2014 Jefta van Dinther will be leaving the job of artistic co-director of the MA in Choreography at DOCH. Jefta has been working at DOCH for the last two and a half years and will now focus entirely on his own choreographic work. Frederic Gies will continue as artistic director of the programme in collaboration with a new artistic board consisting of Anna Efraimsson, Anne Juren and Sandra Noeth.

Jefta van Dinther is awarded “The Dance Prize 2013” for the work Plateau Effect with Cullberg Ballet

Jefta van Dinther is awarded “The Dance Prize 2013” from the Swedish Association of Theatre Critics for the work Plateau Effect with Cullberg Ballet. The jury’s motivation read as follows: “The dance prize 2013 is awarded to choreographer Jefta van Dinther, who in a short period of time has moved from intimate and intensive works into a bigger scale with Plateau Effect for the Cullberg Ballet. The individuals become part of a visually striking, living organism. The well-timed rhythmic breathing and the generous take on the components of performing arts, intricately renders a “new choreography” – a visual arts of movement – visible, but open and interpretable for all.”

LIAISON in Kulturhuset Stadsteatern Stockholm between 9th-12th April

LIAISON is an encounter between dance, music, film and other performing arts, and an initiative of Jefta van Dinther. During four full evenings between April 9th and 12th, a program will be presented at Kulturhuset Stadsteatern in Stockholm that interweaves different art forms in which various artistic voices are given space to reference each other through overlapping questions, interests and worlds. LIAISON brings to the fore artworks that play with our sense of time. Artworks that through their duration create ceremonies in which embodied and vocal mantras constitute the very substructure of the works expression. In an age characterized by an appreciation for productivity and profit, LIAISON wishes to instead seduce through that which lingers, is left alone and takes its own time.

In LIAISON, art is given the opportunity to contextualize art, with the purpose of linking instead of explaining. It takes its starting point from Jefta van Dinther’s work THIS IS CONCRETE, made in collaboration with choreographer and dancer Thiago Granato.

Check out the new website here:

»strong tie or linkage«
»dialogue establishing and maintaining a mutual understanding and collaboration«
Concept: Jefta van Dinther and Anna Efraimsson in collaboration with Linda Adami | Project leader: Emelie Bergbohm | Coordination: Annie Kay Dahlström | Administration: Interim kultur AB (svb) | Design: Micha van Dinther | Cover photo: Ivo Hofste

LIAISON is a production by Jefta van Dinther made in coproduction with Kulturhuset Stadsteatern and the Cullberg Ballet. With the support of the Swedish Arts Council, City of Stockholm and the Polish Institute Stockholm.

New creation: As It Empties Out

Jefta has recently started working on a new creation entitled As It Empties Out. The artistic team consists of dancers Roger Sala Reyner, Naiara Mendioroz Azkarate, Eeva Muilu, Thiago Granato and Linda Adami as well as the lighting designer Minna Tiikkainen, sound designer David Kiers and scenographers SIMKA (Simon Häggblom and Karin Lind). The work has already begun during a residency in CND Paris in December 2013 and will continue in different residencies (HAU Berlin, fabrik Potsdam, CCN de Rillieux-la-Pape, Mercat de les Flors Barcelona, BUDA Kortrijk and Tanzquartier Vienna). The premiere will be held at Tanzquartier Vienna on October 17th and 18th, 2014. More information will follow within shortly.

Jefta participates in WE LIVE HERE: An Academy 2013

Under the title HOW DO YOU WORK? Andrea Božić, Marijke Hoogenboom and Nicole Beutler organize three mornings of public encounters in their temporary community entitled WE LIVE HERE: An Academy 2013. These encounters will be with BADco. (July 9), DD Dorvillier (July 10) and Jefta van Dinther (July 12), who will share their fascinations, strategies and methodologies.

Premiere of Plateau Effect at Julidans festival in Amsterdam

The premiere of Plateau Effect, Jefta’s latest creation for The Cullberg Ballet, will take place during Julidans festival in Amsterdam on the 11th of July 2013 in Rabozaal, Stadsschouwburg. Plateau Effect is made for nine of Cullberg’s dancers, and with the artistic team of lighting designer Minna Tiikkainen, sound designer David Kiers and set designer duo SIMKA. For more information about the performance visit Plateau Effect or Cullbergs homepage. For updated touring schedule go to CALENDER

GRIND and THIS IS CONCRETE on tour this summer

GRIND and THIS IS CONCRETE on tour this summer. GRIND will play for the third time in Paris on the 8th of June during June Events in Atelier de Paris, in TANZWERKSTATT EUROPA in Munich on the 3rd of August, and again for the third time in Helsinki during Helsinki Festival on the 17th and 18th of August. THIS IS CONCRETE will be presented in Lille on the 13th of June in the frame of Festival Latitudes Contemporaines. See CALENDER.

Säde award for best lighting design 2013 goes to Minna Tiikkkainen for her lighting design in GRIND

Säde award for best lighting design 2013 goes to Minna Tiikkkainen for her lighting design in GRIND. The jury’s motivation:

”The amazing visuality in GRIND to a large extent plays with the intensity of light and its discrete shifts, as well as with total darkness. The artistic team of three persons have managed to create a rare suppleness in the expressions of movement, light and sound and the performance becomes an experience of a state of trance. It shoots straight into the marrow and creates a world with its own set of laws, that captivate and enchant. It brilliantly plays with our vision, it confuses and creates puzzling after-images for both the eye and the mind. Tiikkainens work with the light is utmost precise, and the final result turns into a unique all encompassing work of art – both visually and rhythmically. ”

New creation for Cullberg Ballet

Jefta starts a new creation in the end of January and with premiere in August/September 2013 at the Cullberg Ballet. The new work, entitled Plateau Effect, will be created for nine of the company’s dancers. Jefta is working in partnership with set designers Karin Lind and Simon Häggblom, as well as lighting designer Minna Tiikkainen and sound artist David Kiers.

GRIND receives three prizes at Dortmund theatre festival FAVORITEN 2012

GRIND receives three prizes at Dortmund theatre festival FAVORITEN 2012:

First out was The Wild Card 2012, offered by the European Capital of Culture RUHR.2010. The award, which is coupled to 5.000 € in prize money, is intended to improve the company’s production conditions.

The second prize was granted by a youth jury, called Preis der Jugendjury (Prize of the Youth Jury), donated by the NRW Landesbüro with state funds of 2.500 €.

Apart from this, GRIND was introduced into the performance network of the NRW KULTURsekretariat (Culture Secretariat of North Rhine-Westphalia). In order to let GRIND perform and tour regularly in a greater frame in all of Germany as well as internationally, venues, promoters and schools – from North Rhine-Westphalia and nationally – will be granted support when presenting the performance.

Jefta receives the Birgit Cullberg grant 2012

Jefta received the Birgit Cullberg grant of 100 000 SEK. Konstnärsnämnden (The Swedish Arts Grants Committee) hands out the Birgit Cullberg grant on a yearly basis to a young choreographer. The grant was founded by the Swedish government in relation to Birigt Cullberg’s 90th birthday and was first handed out in 1999. The grant is allocated without socilitation by the working group for theatre, dans and film at Konstnärsnämnden (The Swedish Arts Grants Committee).

The grant will be handed over on the 7th of December 2013 at 17.00 at Konstnärsnämnden in Stockholm. The motivation of the jury reads:

”Jefta van Dinther’s work, both the solo performances as well as his collaborations with other artists, are distinctly physical and always imply a researching of movement in dance. I his work, the creative process is displayed in real time on stage – and is often the very essence of the performance itself. With a playful relation to dispositif van Dinther also stages the relation between performer and spectator. With his most recent performance GRIND Jefta van Dinther indicates a direction within dance that is innovative and refreshingly unpredictable.”

New collaboration with Thiago Granato

Starting end of June 2012, Jefta will start a new project in collaboration with Thiago Granato. Thiago and Jefta will be working with sound designer David Kiers and lighting designer Jan Fedinger. Their first working period will take place in fabrik Potsdam (Germany) during July and August and later they will work in residency in Grand Theatre Groningen (Netherlands) and CNDC Angers (France). The premiere will take place in the beginning of November in Brazil, and the piece will be presented in both Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, see info below. A subsequent tour will follow in Europe in 2013.

New performance MAKES PEOPLE TALK on tour in the Netherlands

The new performance MAKES PEOPLE TALK is on tour in the Netherlands. This performance is a trio for graduate students at Codarts Rotterdam and Artez Arnhem and is a part of the An Evening With Tim Persent.

26-28 Januari 2012 in Korzo, The Hague

13-15 April in Theater Bellevue, Amsterdam

24 April in Goudse Schouwburg, Gouda

26 April in Kunstmin, Dordrecht

9 May in Het Park, Hoorn

11+12 May in Toneelschuur, Haarlem

17 May in Rotterdamse Schouwburg, Rotterdam

23 May LAK theater, Leiden

The Blanket Dance + THE WAY THINGS GO in Stockholm in October

Stockholm! The Blanket Dance – a collaboration between Frederic Gies, DD Dorvillier and myself – will be presented at MDT in Stockholm on 11+12 October. During the days after, on the 14+15 October THE WAY THINGS GO – my piece from 2009 – will be danced by the Cullberg Ballet in Kulturhuset in Stockholm. For this occasion, and maybe more to come, the original choreography will be performed by nine dancers instead of five, during walk-in-walk-out situation in one of Kulturhuset’s gallery spaces.

Presentation of Kneeding during in Berlin, in the context of Tanz im August

During in Berlin, in the context of Tanz im August, I have been given a carte blanche. For this occasion I have decided to present the performance Kneeding. So for all of you who have not seen it, please do come. It will take place at 22.00 on the 27th of August in Podewil, and I can recommend Margrets Sara Gudjonsdottir’s Soft Target, which will be presented at 21.00, while you are at it. And after our show there is the closing party of

Workshop together with DD Dorvillier and Frederic Gies at Fabrik Potsdam

DD Dorvillier, Frederic Gies and Jefta van Dinther will be teaching a workshop at Fabrik Potsdam in the context of festival Herbstleuchten. The workshop is a parallel development of The Blanket Dance, a work that focuses on the non-linguistic power of touch in order to highlight it as a primary means of producing sense in the world. In the workshop they will teach physical practices that are used in the making of the piece with the same name (premiere February 2011). The practices from The Blanket Dance continue the formulation of aesthetic, social, emotional and philosophical questions and propose expanded ways of developing physical awareness and critical thinking through the senses, in particular through the sense of touch. The workshop is a means of sharing work with audiences and colleagues, proposing physical practices not only as training for the body, but as a frame for discourse on the subject of touch, society, dance and art.

Research for a new project at WELD in Stockholm

Jefta will start a first research phase on a new project during a residency at WELD in Stockholm. The project is an artistic collaboration between light-designer Minna Tiikkainen and himself, and will research on the interaction between light and body: on the movements that this interaction generates and/or seems to generate. In the project they search for assemblages of perceptive/sensorial effects that take place in a body’s relation to light, which border on the invisible, intangible and unintelligible. What exactly a viewer experiences – be it light or body – is not so clear, nor very important. Instead, they look for a fusing of the elements, creating situations in which light and body concretely start to interact, and where one becomes indistinguishable from the other. Alongside this “co-existence” runs the subject of productivity as an expression. A performance as machine. An active working place where events are produced, and where a causal production is tacit. But where at a closer scrutiny, the machinery, including all the preparation and surplus expression, is a creation of productivity itself. Where in fact every moment is an orchestrated choreography.