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The festival Tanz in Bern is cancelled!

Dampfzentrale and all theatres in the canton of Bern will be shut down until the 23rd of November. This includes the cancellation of all performances.

We were looking forward to our yearly ray of light and to getting together with you, our audience. Until the last possible moment we were hoping that Tanz in Bern could happen. «Dear Darkness» caught up with us on the evening before the opening. 

Further information will follow at a later stage. 

Two naked men, a rug and a conversation about blood -– these are the components of this choreography. But it is not about a medical condition, as the title, which is based on an alternative method of blood testing, might suggest. Here, blood serves as a metaphor for being alive. Alternating between darkness and -sometimes threatening- diffuse light, the dancers take a microscopic look at human life, looking inwards and outwards, into and beyond themselves. The scary and the comforting go hand in hand. The performance begins to unfold its hypnotic, dissociated effects at the latest when the a live version of PJ Harvey’s “The slow Drug” kicks in.

Jefta van Dinther on «Dark Field Analysis»:


Jefta van Dinther is considered a master of dark secrets. Central in his work is the question of what it means to be human, thereby dealing with notions of the visible, the invisible or the uncanny. His performances are characterised by a rigorous physical approach in which the moving body is the core of his practice while belonging to and interacting with a body of light, materials and music.

For this performance we offer an audio description for people with visual impairments.

The dance performance is described live for blind and visually impaired people during the performance. Through headphones the events on stage are described in German language. Cristina Capodifoglia uses her enchanting voice to describe visible elements in such a way that Dark Field Analysis becomes an impressive and unforgettable experience for all visitors of the performance.

The audio description can be used from all seats and in all price categories. The Dampfzentrale provides equipment with headphones or induction loops. If you would like to rent a device, we recommend that you arrive on site half an hour before the performance begins. You can also enjoy the audio description with your SmartPhone and your own headphones. To do so, download the Mobile Connect app to your SmartPhone. Then connect your SmartPhone with the WLAN mobile connect (password audiodescription).

Please note the general obligation to wear masks at all indoor events of Tanz in Bern. Further information here.


Choreography and direction: Jefta van Dinther. Created with 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 Cámara and Roger Sala Reyner. Assistant choreographer: Thiago Granato. Artistic advice: Gabriel Smeets and Felix Bethge. Technical coordination: Bennert Vancottem. Sound technician: Toni Bräutigam. Art Direction: Martin Falck.

Dark Field Analysis is a production by Jefta van Dinther

Manager: Emelie Bergbohm. Production management: Annie Schachtel. Touring management: Alexandra Campbell. Distribution: Key Performance. Administration: Interim kultur AB (svb). 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: 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. Fotocredits: Ben Mergelsberg.

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