by Jefta van Dinther in collaboration
with Minna Tiikkainen and David Kiers
Imagine a place that defies your senses. Imagine rhythms that affect your vision. Imagine a room where the dimensions of the space appear resilient. Imagine the pressure of sound transforming a body into vibrations. Imagine light that makes you perceive darkness. GRIND offers this place – where the components of body, light and sound create binds that affect, confuse and move.
GRIND is a collaboration between choreographer and dancer Jefta van Dinther, lighting designer Minna Tiikkainen and sound designer David Kiers. Inspired by synesthesia, the performance seeks to challenge our grip on reality by suspending our senses and short-circuiting perception. Minimizing in order to maximize, GRIND forges simple elements into a full-on affective machine. Through duration and repetition the components of body, light and sound turn around and around, mixing until they start to seem foreign. With pulsating, cutting, flickering lights and the unrelenting beats of dark, loopy techno, it is a choreography of matter that GRIND generates.
Concept: Jefta van Dinther and Minna Tiikkainen | Choreography and Dance: Jefta van Dinther | Lighting design: Minna Tiikkainen | Sound design: David Kiers
GRIND is a production by Jefta van Dinther – Sure Basic and Minna Tiikkainen | Production management: Emelie Bergbohm | Distribution: Koen Vanhove – Key Performance | Administrative structure: Interim Kultur – Sweden and Frascati Productions – The Netherlands | Co-production: Frascati Productions (Amsterdam), Weld (Stockholm), Tanzquartier (Vienna), PACT Zollverein (Essen), Grand Theatre (Groningen) and Jardin d’Europe through Cullberg Ballet (Stockholm)| Funded by: the Swedish Arts Council, the Swedish Arts Grants Committee, Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst and Nordic Culture Point | Supported by: Fabrik Potsdam
Definition of GRIND
1: to reduce to powder or small fragments by friction
2: to wear down, polish, or sharpen by friction
1: dreary, monotonous, or difficult labor, study, or routine
2: the result of grinding
3: the act of rotating the hips in an erotic manner