Jefta van Dinther and Thiago Granato

Friday 9 November 21.00 hr., Ole Olsensalen, Arctic Culture Centre

A slow blurring ride of intertwined movements and beats.

THIS IS CONCRETE is a slow ride. Two men’s bodies intermingle with each other incessantly, blurring their boundaries. Infused in a sonic environment of dizzying beats and revolving shadows, the performers trip is lengthy, sedated, coital. Movements mutate into words as the two men’s voices start to speak their mouths and bodies. In the corporeal and social fusion generated between them, their drive slides into pleasure, talking into eating, fucking into dancing and symbiosis into parasitism.

THIS IS CONCRETE is a collaboration between choreographers and dancers Jefta van Dinther and Thiago Granato. The performance ventures staging something intimate, incorporating the volatile as building blocks in its composition - offering to its audience to spend time with something uncertain; something uncertain and infectiously slow.

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Photo: Renato Mangolin

Duration 55 min

Choreography and Dance Jefta van Dinther and Thiago Granato Lighting design Jan Fedinger Sound design David Kiers Production management Annie Schachtel – Bohm Bohm Room Artistic advice Sandro Amaral, Frederic Gies and Robert Steijn.

THIS IS CONCRETE is a production by Jefta van Dinther and Thiago Granato Administration Interim kultur AB (svb) Distribution Key Performance Co-production PACT Zollverein, Grand Theatre Groningen, Panorama Festival Rio de Janeiro, CNDC Angers and Fabrik Potsdam / Étape Danse | Funded by the Swedish Arts Council, the Swedish Arts Grants Committee, City of Stockholm and Fonds Podiumkunsten The Netherlands.

Jefta van Dinther is a choreographer and dancer working between Stockholm and Berlin. His work is characterized by a rigorous physical approach and always implies a staged research of movement itself. The moving body is centerfold in his work but belongs to and interacts with a body of light, sound and materials that constitute an environment of perception and sensation.

Thiago Granato is an artist engaged in creating dance and choreographic practices with the potential of developing different ways to approach movement. His productions are the results of processes that insist on promoting experiences of political transformation and aesthetic innovation. His interest in movement is based on the capacity of the body to transform itself by translating inner abstract forces into recognizable signs.