Excess, nudity, orgy eroticism, ritualistic pleasure, audience participation and political engagement, all expressions of the sexual utopia particular to the counterculture and experimental performances of the 60’s. Departing from these historical notions, Mette Ingvartsen looks closely at our contemporary bodies, searching for cracks to penetrate our understandings of sexuality today. In doing so, her body turns into a field of physical experimentation and uncanny sexual practices emerge in relation to the environment that surrounds her.
69 positions is a solo by the Danish choreographer Mette Ingvartsen, with which she starts a cycle of work entitled “The Red Pieces”. In this series she places sexuality and the relation between the politics of the body and structures of society, under the magnifying glass.
[Tickets for “69 positions” are sold out. There will be a waiting list in the foyer, where you can come and sign up from 19:00 each performance night.]
- Mette Ingvartsen this week
22nd Oct 10:30: Mette Ingvartsen PhD defence “Expanded choreography – Shifting the agency of movement in The Artificial Nature Project and 69 positions” at MDT. Free entry. – Read more here
18th + 19th Oct 18:00-20:00: The dissertation and other traces of Mette Ingvartsen’s research will be available for consultation before the shows from 18:00 onwards in studio 1 at MDT. It will also be available after the PhD defense on 22nd Oct. Free entry, no pre-booking.
21st Oct 19:00: Mette Ingvartsen “7 Pleasures” at Dansens Hus – Read more here
- About Mette Ingvartsen
Mette Ingvartsen is a Danish choreographer and dancer. From 1999 she studied in Amsterdam and Brussels where she in 2004 graduated from the performing arts school P.A.R.T.S. Her first performance “Manual Focus”(2003) was made while she was still studying. Since then she has initiated several research projects and made numerous performances, among others “50/50” (2004), “to come” (2005), “Why We Love Action” (2006), “It’s in The Air” (2008) “GIANT CITY” (2009) and “All the way out there…”(2011).
Questions of kinesthesia, perception, affect and sensation have been crucial to most of her work. Recently her interest has turned towards thinking choreography as an extended practice. Starting with “evaporated landscapes” in 2009, a performance for foam, fog, light and sound, this interest has led to a series of propositions that extend choreography into non-human materials. In 2010 she worked on several site-specific propositions, also dealing with notions of artificial nature. “The Extra Sensorial Garden” was presented in Copenhagen and “The Light Forest” was open to be visited during Szene Salzburg in July 2010 and 2011. Her group work “The Artificial Nature Project” (2012) reintroduced the human performer into a network of connections between human and non-human actors. This work concluded the series on artificial nature.
In 2014 she started a new cycle of work entitled “The Red Pieces”. “69 positions” opened this series and questioned the borders between private and public space, by literally placing the naked body in the middle of the theater public. In the second piece, “7 pleasures”, a group of 12 performers confronted notions of nudity, body politics and sexual practice. “7 pleasures” is presented at Dansens Hus 21/10; read more here: http://dansenshus.se/event/mette-ingvartsen/
Mette Ingvartsen is finishing a PhD in choreography at UNIARTS in Sweden. She is in this context researching the relationship between artist writing and artistic practice, using her own work and writing as a way to experiment with these relations.
Read more about Mette Ingvartsen on her hompage: http://metteingvartsen.net/
Concept, Choreography & Performance: Mette Ingvartsen. Light: Nadja Räikkä. Set: Virginie Mira. Sound Design: Peter Lenaerts, with music by Will Guthrie (Breaking Bones). Dramaturgy Bojana Cvejic. Technical director: Nadja Räikkä / Joachim Hupfer. Sound technician: Adrien Gentizon. Company Management: Kerstin Schroth. A production of Mette Ingvartsen / Great Investment. Co-production: apap / szene (Salzburg), Musée de la Danse/Centre Chorégraphique National de Rennes et de Bretagne, Kaaitheater (Brussels), PACT Zollverein (Essen), Les Spectacles vivants – Centre Pompidou (Paris), Kunstencentrum BUDA (Kortrijk), BIT Teatergarasjen (Bergen). With the support of Théatre National de Bretagne (Rennes), Festival d’Automne à Paris, DOCH – University of dance and circus (Stockholm). Funded by: The Flemish Authorities & The Danish Arts Council. This work has been funded with support from the European Commission. Premiered 2014, PACT Zollverein, Essen.
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