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This is concrete

CN D - Centre national de la danse 2013 - Director : Centre national de la danse, Réalisation

Choreographer(s) : Van Dinther, Jefta (Sweden) Granato, Thiago (Brazil)

Present in collection(s): Centre national de la danse , CN D - Spectacles et performances

Integral video available at CND de Pantin

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This is concrete

CN D - Centre national de la danse 2013 - Director : Centre national de la danse, Réalisation

Choreographer(s) : Van Dinther, Jefta (Sweden) Granato, Thiago (Brazil)

Present in collection(s): Centre national de la danse , CN D - Spectacles et performances

Integral video available at CND de Pantin

en fr

This is concrete

THIS IS CONCRETE brings together the choreographers, Jefta van Dinther and Thiago Granato, in a deliberately nonchalant and intimate parade of the material as Body, both the foundation and the instrument of their creation.

Radically exhibitionist, gladly scandalous, deliberately slow, they call on the sensitivity of the public to go beyond the threshold of its conventions.

THIS IS CONCRETE is a nonchalant and intimate stroll, where two male bodies intermingle with each other incessantly, blurring their boundaries. The bass tones are dizzying and the shadows whirl, the journey stretches out to become almost lethargic. Movements then mutate into words, and the dancers start to speak their mouths and bodies. As their fusional complicity develops progressively into a carnal mood, all frames of reference disappear: wandering turns to pleasure and passion becomes dance.  

THIS IS CONCRETE marks the unique collaboration between two dancers and choreographers engaging in the risky game of the exploration of their intimacy.

Source: programme of the CND

Van Dinther, Jefta

Jefta van Dinther (SE/DE) 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. 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. The dancers work and dance their way through various environments: their processes exhibited live on stage become performances. Jefta's work deals with illusion, the visible and the invisible, synesthesia, darkness and light, labor, the uncanny, affect, voice and image. They often play with formats of presentation, and range from traditional dispositifs to installation like settings as well as from smaller intimate performances to large-scale productions.

Currently on tour are As It Empties Out (2014), Plateau Effect (2013 - a commission for Cullberg Ballet), THIS IS CONCRETE (2012) as well as the previous GRIND (2011). His other works include The Blanket Dance (2011), Kneeding (2010), The Way Things Go (2009) and IT'S IN THE AIR (2008). The next creation with the working title EXTENSIONS will premiere in January 2016. Between 2012-2014 he was appointed artistic co-director of the MA program in Choreography at the University of Dance and Circus in Stockholm together with Frederic Gies.

Source: http://www.modul-dance.eu/artist/jefta-van-dinther/

Updated: March 2015

Granato, Thiago

The Brazilian, Thiago Granato, travels between Brazil, Germany and France for his work. He began his career in 1998, and collaborates with many choreographers including Lia Rodrigues, Adriana Grechi, Mathilde Monnier, Cecilia Bengolea and François Chaignaud.

His creation repertoire includes Plano B (2008) in collaboration with Cristian Duarte, and We Are Not Superficial, We Love Penetration (2009), created with Cristian Duarte and Thelma Bonavita. Together with Sandro Amaral, he developed the Basement project that enables guest artists to share their work and exchange around their artistic practices. 

Thiago Granato currently works with Neto Machado, Jefta van Dinther, Lenio Kaklea, Enora Rivière and Frederic Gies. He has also participated in the São Paulo Contemporary Dance Festival (Brazil). In 2008, he took part in the educational project Ex.e.r.ce, coordinated by Xavier Le Roy at the Centre Chorégraphique National de Montpellier. In 2013, he was artist-in-residence at the Akademie Schloss Solitude of Stuttgart.

Centre national de la danse, Réalisation

Since 2001, the National Center for Dance (CND) has been making recordings of its shows and educational programming and has created resources from these filmed performances (interviews, danced conferences, meetings with artists, demonstrations, major lessons, symposia specialized, thematic arrangements, etc.).

This is concrete

Choreography : Jefta van Dinther et Thiago Granato

Interpretation : Jefta van Dinther et Thiago Granato

Duration : 55 minutes

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