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In Unearth, Jefta van Dinther brings together ten dancers in a bold and stripped-down choreography of body and voice. In his characteristic cross-disciplinary style, which catalogues his extensive repertoire on human behaviour and its linked ecologies, van Dinther breaks down our impetus to feel anew — time and again.

Centered around our human drive to revive and yearning to relive, Unearth lays bare the body’s boundless mental and physical resourcefulness. In this durational work, the audience is summoned into the intensity of repetition and to linger in the sweetness of introspection. Unearth digs into the body as material, whilst exposing both social and spiritual constructs of kinship, purpose and mortality.




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Unearth is a piece for ten performers, including Jefta van Dinther, repeated in a loop over a period of four hours. This performance is to be seen from the ground, where the spectator sits on cushions to vibrate along with their reptilian crawl rather than looking at it from the stands like a theatrical object. The audience shares the same floor, from which the multitude of gestures they perform are born and die, like so many symbolic missions to relieve their scourge. A memorizing vocal morphing frees our imagination so that we become fully absorbed in the experience.

"Unearth" is a landscape of the human, of introspection and intimacy, performed by artists whose maturity assures you of an emotionally rich journey. The material for this show is very finely crafted and quite daring. It tests, in a way that feels very right, a theme that is somewhat taboo: in particular, suffering.

- Pzazz, 2014

Choreography: Jefta van Dinther

Created and performed by:  Brittanie Brown, Juan Pablo Camara, emeka ene, Leah Katz, Gyung Moo Kim, Leah Marojević, Dana Pajarillaga, Manon Parent, Roger Sala Reyner, Thomas Zamolo and Jefta van Dinther

Costume: Cristina Nyffeler

Voice coach: Doreen Kutzke

Assistant choreographer: Thomas Zamolo

Artistic advice: Gabriel Smeets and Maja Zimmermann

Photo & film: Jubal Battisti

Production management: Uta Engel and Romy Hansford-Gerber

Touring management: Romy Hansford-Gerber

Diffusion: ART HAPPENS

Administration: transmission GmbH (DE) and Interim kultur AB (SE)

Production: Jefta van Dinther

Co-production: Norrlandsoperan Umeå

Funded by: Senate Department for Culture and Europe Berlin

Jefta van Dinther is funded by TANZPAKT Stadt-Land-Bund with the support of the German Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media and the Senate Departement for Culture and Europe Berlin and Swedish Arts Council

DatePerformanceCity CountryOrganisation/Venue
24.11.2024UnearthLjubljana (si)CoFestival
21.04.2024UnearthKrems (at)DonauFestival
20.04.2024UnearthKrems (at)DonauFestival
14.04.2024UnearthStockholm (se)Dansens Hus
13.04.2024UnearthStockholm (se)Dansens Hus
17.02.2024UnearthOslo (no)ICEHOT Festival
15.10.2023UnearthBrussels (be)Charleroi Danse/La Raffinerie
14.10.2023UnearthBrussels (be)Charleroi Danse/La Raffinerie
06.08.2023UnearthMunich (de)Tanzwerkstatt Europa
05.08.2023UnearthMunich (de)Tanzwerkstatt Europa
10.07.2023UnearthAmsterdam (nl)Julidans
09.07.2023UnearthAmsterdam (nl)Julidans
16.08.2022UnearthBerlin (de)Tanz im August
15.08.2022UnearthBerlin (de)Tanz im August
14.08.2022UnearthBerlin (de)Tanz im August
13.08.2022UnearthBerlin (de)Tanz im August