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GRIND 
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.

"GRIND" is nominated for the Prix Jardin d'Europe 2012. More information >>here

Premiere: Weld Stockholm | 16+17+18 December 2011 | www.weld.se

Further Touring
fabrik Potsdam | 12+13 January 2012 | www.fabrikpotsdam.de
De NWE Vorst Tilburg | 16 February 2012 | www.denwevorst.nl
Grand Theatre Groningen | 21 February 2012 | www.grand-theatre.nl
De Gouvernestraat Rotterdam | 23 February 2012 | www.degouvernestraat.nl
Inkonst Malmö | 29 February 2012 | www.inkonst.com
PACT Zollverein Essen | 2+3 March 2012 | www.pact-zollverein.de
Hebbel am Ufer | 16-17 March 2012 | www.hebbel-am-ufer.de
Frascati Amsterdam | 4-5 April 2012 | www.theaterfrascati.nl
Tanzquartier Vienna | 14 April 2012 | www.tqw.at
ImPulsTanz Vienna | 13 +15 July 2012 www.impulstanz.com/programme12/8tension/
Tanznacht Podewil Berlin| 24 + 25 August 2012 | www.tanznachtberlin.de
fabrik Potsdam | 2 + 3 October 2012 | www.fabrikpotsdam.de
Festival Nederlandse Dansdagen Maastrich | 5 October 2012 | www.nederlandsedansdagen.nl
Moving in November Festival|| 28 October 2012 | www.movinginnovember.fi
Budascoop Next Festival Kortrijk | 15- 16 November 2012 | www.budakortrijk.be
Jonge Harten Festival Groningen | 23 + 24 November 2012 | www.jongeharten.nl
Festival Favoriten Dortmund | 30 November 2012 | www.favoriten2012.de
ICE HOT Helsinki | 13 December 2012 | www.nordicdanceplatform.com
Chasse Breda | 19 December 2012 | www.chasse.nl
Frascati Amsterdam | 21+22 December 2012 | www.theaterfrascati.nl
MAC Créteil Paris | 12+13 April 2013 | http://www.maccreteil.com/
RAS Stavanger | 25+26 September 2013 | http://ras.as/

Jefta van Dinther (SE/NL) 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. His own works include The Blanket Dance (2011), which he
made in collaboration with Frederic Gies and DD Dorvillier. Kneeding - a choreography for
three men - premiered in Amsterdam in 2010 and still tours. In 2009 he made the quintet The
Way Things Go - a slowly moving sculpture of cause and effect. Together with Mette
Ingvartsen he created the performance ITʼS IN THE AIR (2009). Jefta also performs in the
works of others. He is currently still working and touring with performances by Mette
Ingvartsen, Xavier Le Roy and Ivana Muller. He has been engaged as a performer with
various other choreographers including Frederic Gies, Keren Levi, Leine/Roebana, Pere
Faura, Carolien Hermans, Martin Butler and Inari Salmivaara. He teaches in choreography,
sharing his methods of work and practices. During 2008/2009 he was one of the participants
in the project 6 Months 1 Location (6M1L), an experiment in education, production and
research at the choreographic centre of Montpellier. Together with the other participants of
6M1L he co-curated In-Presentable Festival 2009 in Madrid and he also organizes The
Living Room Festival. www.jeftavandinther.com

Minna Tiikkainen (FIN/NL) started her experiments with light while studying fine arts. Her
fascination with the immaterial quality of light led her to continue her studies in the Theatre
Academy of Finland, where she graduated with an MA in Lighting Design. After moving to
Amsterdam in 2002 she has been working within the field of performing arts, both in The
Netherlands and abroad. She has also created the lighting design for several exhibitions and
experimental music events. Her work is described as strong in its simple minimal approach
and is especially appreciated for its significance for the totality of the performance. Her
collaborators include Jefta van Dinther, Nicole Beutler, Keren Levi, Mette Ingvartsen and
Kate McIntosh among others. www.zonk.net/mt.

David Kiers (NL) graduated from the Sonology degree program at the Royal Conservatory in
Den Haag, the Netherlands. In the recent years his main focus as an image and sound artist
has been on the collaboration with Gideon Kiers and Lucas van der Velden under the
Telcosystems moniker. Their search for a personal language in the world of abstract
computer generated image and sound has produced a string of performances, installations
and short films, which have been shown and nominated for awards all over the world
(Sonar/Barcelona, de Appel/Amsterdam, International Short Film Festival/Oberhausen,
Boijmans van Beuningen/Rotterdam, New York Digital Salon, ArsElectronica/Linz, Cyberarts
Festival/Boston, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Transmediale/Berlin, Wood Street
Galleries/Pittsburgh USA). In 2009 Telcosystems received the Gus Van Sant award for best
experimental film, for their short film Loud things. Besides this he has composed music for
various theatre and video productions like the Panic Productions pieces Dead Meat (2007)
and Private Dancer (2008), and Skubriocha, a sound poetry performance with Valeri
Scherstjanoi, performed during the 2007 International Poetry Festival in Berlin.
www.telcosystems.net

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Concept: Jefta van Dinther and Minna Tiikkainen
Choreography and Dance: Jefta van Dinther
Lighting design: Minna Tiikkainen
Sound design: David Kiers
With music by: David Kiers and Emptyset

GRIND is a production by Jefta van Dinther – Sure Basic and Minna Tiikkainen | Executive producer: Hybris Konstproduktion – 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 

 

JEFTA VAN DINTHER
www.jeftavandinther.com

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