10:00 - 17:00
In this workshop I will share the working methods and artistic reasearch around my process and performance Kneeding.
We will work with physical practices as a way to generate movement. With practices I mean open and visible processes that occur in real time and consist of a layering of physical and mental activities defined by specific rhythmic, intentional and spatial parameters. They are complex movement generating procedures that get defined and redefined by practicing and evaluating, physically and verbally. I consider them not only as the method through which to discover and develop material but also as the substance of the work. In other words, a live practicing becomes a performance.
Kneeding explores relations between what happens inside of a body and outside of it: how inner processes manifest themselves externally and how the exterior influences what is within. The palpable reality of matter - the dancing body and its tactile surroundings - is combined with the immaterial reality of imagination.
In this way it negotiates between physicality and psychology, between “kneading” and “needing”. By employing one activity, i.e. kneading, as a motor of movement, we will explore how we can affect and condition our own body. Using sensation and feeling but also imagination we will create a catalogue of practices in which the individual body is the centerfold, each performer creating their own sense out of their experience.
We will also spend time watching each other and speaing about it, seeing how the practice can be framed as a performative proposal.
— Jefta van Dinther
Jefta van Dinther is a choreographer and dancer working between 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 makes performances, both alone and in collaboration with other artists. He is currently touring the new performance THIS IS CONCRETE, made in collaboration with Thiago Granato. His other works include The Blanket Dance (2011), made in collaboration with Frederic Gies and DD Dorvillier, Kneeding (2010), The Way Things Go (2009) and IT’S IN THE AIR (2008) in collaboration with Mette Ingvartsen. The Way Things Go is also included in the repertory of the Cullberg Ballet.
Jefta has performed with various choreographers including Mette Ingvartsen, Xavier Le Roy, Ivana Muller, Frederic Gies, Kristine Slettevold, Keren Levi and Leine&Roebana.
Jefta teaches choreography, sharing his methods of work and practice. He was recently appointed artistic director of the MA program in Choreography together with Frederic Gies at the University of Dance and Circus in Stockholm. Jefta is currently working on a creation, a large-scale production with the Cullberg Ballet entitled Plateau Effect that will premiere in July 2013.