On Earth I’m Done - Part 1: Mountains Part 2: Islands
Ultra-physical and ruthless in its form
How can you be and stay in love with our ever-changing world? In the diptych On Earth I'm Done, choreographer Jefta van Dinther deals with this question in the solo Mountains and the group piece Islands.
Run time 150 minutes, incl. intermission
Location Internationaal Theater Amsterdam
On Earth I'm Done: Mountains & Islands
Some dance pieces have such an impact that they bring about a collective ecstasy in the audience. The Swedish-Dutch Jefta van Dinther does this with his work like no other. The 'darling of the European dance podiums' allows light, space, sound and the dancers' bodies to flow together into what one reviewer once famously called 'a composition of experiential structures.' Van Dinther's choreographies are ultra-physical, beautifully portrayed, and downright overwhelming.
For the Swedish dance company Cullberg, the choreographer created the 'archaic-futuristic' diptych On Earth I'm Done, with the solo Mountains as the first part. The second part, Islands, is a group piece for thirteen dancers.
In Mountains, we witness the birth of a new world. Surrounded by magical lighting, the dancer relates to tens of meters of fabric which are folded, which is folded and deformed into an ever-changing mountain landscape. ‘Ruthless in its form,’ Svenska Dagbladet wrote. ‘The work listens to the urges, desires, fears and suspicions that vibrate beneath the surface of homo sapiens – our fragile relationship with a world that constantly threatens to slip out of our hands.’
In On Earth I’m Done: Islands, the audience is transported to a place torn out of the conventional space-time continuum. Orbiting the conflicts of beauty and danger, existence must be rebuilt from scratch and living learnt anew. Elementary logics and irregular intelligences are being reborn; life passes between mineral, vegetal, animal, human and machinic forms. Islands is a performance which imagines an alternate order of organization, a state of exception, quarantined from the natural world. Here, replication becomes a mode of survival and dancing a weapon.
“With Islands we are heading into a place where humanity can no longer be taken for granted. The life existing here thinks and acts and speaks through the vector of human emotion, but their feelings are synthetic. Their social interaction is hacked, their sexual reproduction is an interface, the care for their planet is automated,“ says Jefta van Dinther.
Together, the two parts of On Earth I'm Done are a penetrating wake-up call. Why are we destroying our home planet to maintain a culture that has less and less to do with our essential humanity?
Jefta van Dinther
‘The performance raises questions about what it means to be human, what it is to exist on this planet and to care for it. The show delves into the intelligence of nature and the formation of culture. And looks at the closely interwoven existence of nature and culture.'
choreography Jefta van Dinther
with Suelem de Oliveira da Silva
sound design David Kiers
set design Sven Jonke
lighting design Jonatan Winbo
costume assistant Marita Tjärnström
co-produced by PACT Zollverein, Essen and Freiburg Theater
world premiere Dansens Hus, Stockholm, 4 February 2021