As It Empties Out
by Jefta van Dinther
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.
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 | All music made by David Kiers except the track “Doorway” by Planningtorock | Thanks to: Frederic Gies, Sandro Amaral, Myriam Van Imschoot and Cecilia Roos
As It Empties Out is a production by Jefta van Dinther | Administrative structure: Interim kultur AB (svb) – Sweden | 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