Dark Field Analysis

Jefta van Dinther

Convento da Saudação
06 OUT 2016 19:00

Dark Field Analysis is a long conversation between two naked men on a blue carpet. The carpet is placed in the middle of a room with the audience around them on all four sides. The carpet becomes a stage where the two men find their territory: sitting, lying and crawling about in a slow, lazy pace, as if they were exhausted - in a low horizontal plane, on all fours, like animals. Their eyes dull, their skin sweaty, with slothfulness in their movements. There is nothing apparently remarkably interesting. It is low key, unassuming and private. Their conversation is about a branch of alternative medicine, and seems to be both nerdy yet that of laymen at the same time. The content: a detailed delving into the reputed darkfield analysis; an alternative medical procedure where blood is analysed by so-called darkfield microscopy. A method that generates diagnoses on the body's immunity, any deficiencies or toxicity, pH and mineral imbalance, problem areas and weaknesses and the presence of fungi and yeast.

With time, the modest and almost coy tone of dialogue transforms into something unfamiliar and strange. The darkfield method and the nature and condition of the two men’s blood become the centrefold topic of conversation, but conveys much more than medical facts. The content little by little seems to relate to life more generally and takes on a philosophical, existential tone. The living blood they carry inside them becomes a metaphor: the cells and their interaction with other structures such as bacteria, lymphocytes etc. tells stories of the men’s existence in todays society. Through this, an analogy to a human being in relation to his/her own environment emerges. Through their physical behaviour - half human half animal – and through the very intimate space they generate together an uncanny sexual charge emerges. In an extension of their conversation, they words turn into tones and they start to sing, melodically, together creating a harmony and a space for contemplating and
speculating. As a continued dialogue, as a calling out to the other, as a poetic pronunciation of thoughts. Throughout the performance the voice carries the red thread, in conversation and singing, through content and tonality, dissensus and harmony.

Dark Field Analysis is about spending time together - unassuming, unpretentious and quotidian. It is about being a human, and about accompanying each other in finding pleasure through the exchange of words, sounds, tones, gazes, gestures and stories.

Choreography: Jefta van Dinther
Performers: Roger Sala and Juan Pablo Cámara
Text: Jefta van Dinther, Felix Dietrich Bethge, Roger Sala and Juan Pablo Cámara
Sound Design: David Kiers
Lighting design: Minna Tiikkainen
Artisitc Assistence: Thiago Granato