Project Description

The Berlin-based Swedish choreographer Jefta van Dinther is known for creating extraordinary, mechanical theatre spaces to explore the relationship of humans and their surroundings. In “Re-Machine”, his largest theatre production ever, Van Dinther presents a choreography that addresses the question of how the human body and its movement are conditioned by the environment.

Seven performers walk, climb and balance on a gigantic, constantly rotating dome in an artistically expression of the human struggle with one’s hostile, mechanical surroundings. Like an endless meditation on discipline, relentlessness and the power of mind over body, “Re-Machine” transports the audience to a hyper-mechanised reality where space, sound, light, machine and the body interweave to create a contemporary total artwork.

The production is being developed in collaboration with Van Dinther’s artistic team comprised of the director and set designer Ulrich Rasche, light designer Jonatan Winbo, sound designer David Kiers, costume designer Cristina Nyffeler and singer Anna von Hausswolff. Its international cooperation partners include the HAU Hebbel am Ufer in Berlin, PACT Zollverein in Essen, Dansens Hus of Stockholm, Tanzquartier in Vienna, Sadler’s Wells in London and Norrlandsoperan Umeå in Sweden. Numerous performances are also planned at various international dance and theatre festivals.

Artistic director and choreographer: Jefta Bethge van Dinther
Vocals and composition: Anna von Hausswolff
Set design: Ulrich Rasche
Costume design: Cristina Nyffeler
Dance: Dana Pajarillaga and others

Performances: Dansens Hus, Stockholm: 14–16 Sep. 2023; HAU 1 Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin: 4–7 Oct. 2023; PACT Zollverein, Essen: 3–4 Nov. 2023; Tanzquartier, Vienna: 1–2 Dec. 2023; Sadler’s Wells, London: 13–16 Nov. 2024