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Season opening with the premiere of »Plateau Effect« on 06 September 2019

Berlin, 2 September 2019 --- On 6 September 2019 the Staatsballett Berlin will celebrate its first premiere under the artistic directorship of Sasha Waltz and Johannes Öhman. The dance piece »Plateau Effect« at Komische Oper Berlin is the first work of the choreographer Jefta van Dinther with the dancers of the Staatsballett Berlin. A total of nine performances are scheduled from September 2019 to March 2020.

Sasha Waltz and Johannes Öhman about »Plateau Effect«: »It is a patient yet intense theatrical experience, constructed around the ›here and now‹, actions of physical labour and naturalism, uniting the performers and audience through its own pursuit of authenticity«.

In »Plateau Effect« Jefta van Dinther seeks to disorient and challenge the viewer with a layering of choreography, light, sound and set. See-sawing between the dancers and their activities on one hand, and the materials they interact with on the other, a ›choreography of matter‹ emerges.

The ten dancers in »Plateau Effect« resemble a community that is constantly on the move through various terrains. Communicating, transporting, constructing and inhabiting turn into choreography as they unite to create more than one person can alone. Through body and voice, through sound, light and materials, this force of alliances directs and redirects towards and away from the audience. Immersed in the sonic landscape of David Kiers, with lighting design of Minna Tiikkainen and scenography by SIMKA, the performance races through a sequence of laborious productions, vibrating and unstoppable.

Plateau Effect
Dance Piece by Jefta van Dinther
Sounddesign by David Kiers

Choreography: Jefta van Dinther
Set Design: SIMKA
Light Design: Minna Tiikkainen
Rehearsal Director: Thomas Zamolo
Assistant to the Choreographer: Thiago Granato

Jenna Fakhoury
Yi Chi Lee
Vladislav Marinov
Ross Martinson
Johnny McMillian
Dana Pajarillaga
Tara Samaya
Harumi Terayama
Paul Vickers
Lucio Vidal

6 September 2019

Further Performances
19 September 2019
25 October 2019
29 November 2019
10 | 27 December 2019
24 | 28 | 30 January 2020
22 March 2020
Komische Oper Berlin

Music from recording
Duration: ca. 1 h without intermission

Tickets: 15 – 49 euro