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Dark Field Analysis

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Dark Field Analysis calls upon the intensity of being alive by placing us humans in relation to other forms of life. In the performance, organic blends with synthetic, human with animal and material with ethereal. A long conversation unfolds between two naked men on a carpet; the topic of blood running as a red thread throughout the performance.

Dark Field Analysis draws its name from a branch of alternative medicine that uses dark field microscopy to diagnose systemic bodily conditions originating in the blood. But the conversation between the two men encompasses more than medical facts. Here, blood serves as an analogy for looking inwards and outwards: Into and beyond our selves.

Two bodies come into awareness of one another. In silence, they connect; in stillness, they converse. Dutch-Swedish dancer and choreographer Jefta van Dinther explores relationships to the self and other forms of life in the experiential and existential Dark Field Analysis. Centered in an intimate round, the fully exposed duo of creator-performers Juan Pablo Cámara and Roger Sala Reyner transform and transfix in a powerful physical piece that is at once disquieting and sedative, enigmatic and enlightening.

Dark Field Analysis prompts a journey into and beyond the self using analogy and imagery of vital fluids. A performance that gets under the skin.

Senses are amplified as we come to observe the two lit specimen against contrasting, encompassing blackness. Human, animal, and machine blend; the lines between synthetic and organic are blurred. It’s a profound meditation on the chronic mundaneness of life and being that culminates in a startling awakening to even the most minute of its expressions.

Choreography and direction: Jefta van Dinther

Created and performed by: Juan Pablo Cámara and Roger Sala Reyner

Lighting design: Minna Tiikkainen

Scenography: Cristina Nyffeler

Sound design: David Kiers

Songs: Based on the tracks ”The Slow Drug” and ”Horses in my Dreams” by PJ Harvey

Text: Jefta van Dinther, Juan Pablo Camara and Roger Sala Reyner

Assistant choreographer: Thiago Granato

Artistic advice: Gabriel Smeets and Felix Bethge

Technical coordination: Bennert Vancottem

Art Direction: Martin Falck

Manager: Emelie Bergbohm

Touring management: Romy Hansford-Gerber

Production management: Annie Schachtel

Diffusion: ART HAPPENS

Administration: Interim kultur AB (svb)

Production: Jefta van Dinther

Co-production: Tanz im August / HAU Hebbel am Ufer Berlin, Tanzquartier Vienna, Sadler’s Wells London, PACT Zollverein Essen, Centro Cultural Vila Flor Guimaraes and Dansens Hus Oslo

Funded by: the Swedish Arts Council, City of Stockholm, and the NATIONALES PERFORMANCE NETZ (NPN) Co-production Fund for Dance, which is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media on the basis of a decision by the German Bundestag

Supported by: O Espaço do Tempo Montemor-o-Novo, BUDA Kortrijk and The Swedish National Touring Theatre

DatePerformanceCity CountryOrganisation/Venue
28.04.2024Dark Field Analysis  (cancelled)Porto (pt)Serralves Museum
27.04.2024Dark Field Analysis  (cancelled)Porto (pt)Serralves Museum
08.03.2024Dark Field AnalysisLausanne (ch)Théâtre Sévelin 36
07.03.2024Dark Field AnalysisLausanne (ch)Théâtre Sévelin 36
17.09.2023Dark Field AnalysisHong Kong (hk)WestKowloon
16.09.2023Dark Field AnalysisHong Kong (hk)WestKowloon
28.10.2021Dark Field AnalysisBern (ch)Dampfzentrale
27.10.2021Dark Field AnalysisBern (ch)Dampfzentrale
14.03.2020Dark Field AnalysisSevilla (es)Teatro Central
13.03.2020Dark Field AnalysisSevilla (es)Teatro Central
24.11.2019Dark Field AnalysisLjubljana (si)CoFestival
09.08.2019Dark Field AnalysisMunich (de)Tanzwerkstatt Europa
16.05.2019Dark Field AnalysisLeuven (be)Kunstencentrum STUK
15.05.2019Dark Field AnalysisLeuven (be)Kunstencentrum STUK
16.10.2018Dark Field AnalysisEssen (de)PACT Zollverein
15.10.2018Dark Field AnalysisEssen (de)PACT Zollverein
14.10.2018Dark Field AnalysisEssen (de)PACT Zollverein
13.10.2018Dark Field AnalysisEssen (de)PACT Zollverein
12.10.2018Dark Field AnalysisEssen (de)PACT Zollverein
11.10.2018Dark Field AnalysisEssen (de)PACT Zollverein
10.10.2018Dark Field AnalysisEssen (de)PACT Zollverein
09.10.2018Dark Field AnalysisEssen (de)PACT Zollverein
08.10.2018Dark Field AnalysisEssen (de)PACT Zollverein
07.10.2018Dark Field AnalysisEssen (de)PACT Zollverein
06.10.2018Dark Field AnalysisEssen (de)PACT Zollverein
05.10.2018Dark Field AnalysisEssen (de)PACT Zollverein
14.09.2018Dark Field AnalysisLondon (gb)Sadlers Wells
13.09.2018Dark Field AnalysisLondon (gb)Sadlers Wells
12.09.2018Dark Field AnalysisLondon (gb)Sadlers Wells
22.08.2018Dark Field AnalysisGothenburg (se)Göteborgs dans- och teaterfestival
21.08.2018Dark Field AnalysisGothenburg (se)Göteborgs dans- och teaterfestival
10.07.2018Dark Field AnalysisAmsterdam (nl)Julidans
09.07.2018Dark Field AnalysisAmsterdam (nl)Julidans
08.07.2018Dark Field AnalysisAmsterdam (nl)Julidans
07.07.2018Dark Field AnalysisAmsterdam (nl)Julidans
27.05.2018Dark Field AnalysisMontreal (ca)FTA
26.05.2018Dark Field AnalysisMontreal (ca)FTA
25.05.2018Dark Field AnalysisMontreal (ca)FTA
28.04.2018Dark Field AnalysisGuimarães (pt)Centro Cultural Vila Flor
27.04.2018Dark Field AnalysisGuimarães (pt)Centro Cultural Vila Flor
21.04.2018Dark Field AnalysisMetz (fr)Centre Pompidou
20.04.2018Dark Field AnalysisMetz (fr)Centre Pompidou
19.04.2018Dark Field AnalysisMetz (fr)Centre Pompidou
24.03.2018Dark Field AnalysisVienna (at)Tanzquartier Wien
23.03.2018Dark Field AnalysisVienna (at)Tanzquartier Wien
15.03.2018Dark Field AnalysisMalmö (se)Inkonst Malmö
13.03.2018Dark Field AnalysisCopenhagen (dk)Dansehallerne
12.03.2018Dark Field AnalysisCopenhagen (dk)Dansehallerne
11.03.2018Dark Field AnalysisCopenhagen (dk)Dansehallerne
10.03.2018Dark Field AnalysisCopenhagen (dk)Dansehallerne
09.03.2018Dark Field AnalysisCopenhagen (dk)Dansehallerne
08.03.2018Dark Field AnalysisCopenhagen (dk)Dansehallerne
07.03.2018Dark Field AnalysisCopenhagen (dk)Dansehallerne
06.03.2018Dark Field AnalysisCopenhagen (dk)Dansehallerne
18.02.2018Dark Field AnalysisOslo (no)Dansens Hus
17.02.2018Dark Field AnalysisOslo (no)Dansens Hus
16.02.2018Dark Field AnalysisOslo (no)Dansens Hus
05.11.2017Dark Field AnalysisHelsinki (fi)Moving in November
04.11.2017Dark Field AnalysisHelsinki (fi)Moving in November
03.11.2017Dark Field AnalysisHelsinki (fi)Moving in November
26.10.2017Dark Field AnalysisStockholm (se)Dansens Hus
25.10.2017Dark Field AnalysisStockholm (se)Dansens Hus
24.10.2017Dark Field AnalysisStockholm (se)Dansens Hus
27.08.2017Dark Field AnalysisBerlin (de)Tanz im August
26.08.2017Dark Field AnalysisBerlin (de)Tanz im August
25.08.2017Dark Field AnalysisBerlin (de)Tanz im August
24.08.2017Dark Field AnalysisBerlin (de)Tanz im August