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 new 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.
- Om Mette Ingvartsen
Mette Ingvartsen (DK), choreographer and dancer, educated in Amsterdam and Brussels. She graduated from P.A.R.T.S. in 2004. Since then she has 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), co-produced by MDT and presented here in 2011.
Questions of kinesthesia, perception, affect and sensation have been crucial to most of her work. Starting with “evaporated landscapes” in 2009, a performance for foam, fog, light and sound, her interest of choreography as an expanded practice has led to a series of propositions that extend choreography into non-human materials. In 2010 she worked on site-specific propositions, also dealing with notions of artificial nature, “The Extra Sensorial Garden” and “The Light Forest”. Her work “The Artificial Nature Project” (2012) reintroduces the human performer into a network of connections between human and non-human actors. This work concludes the series on artificial nature. Mette Ingvartsen is artist in residence at the KAAITHEATER in Brussels from 2013 till 2016. Besides her performance work she is engaged in research. Her practice involves writing, making, performing and documenting work. She teaches and gives workshops often related to developing methodologies within choreographic practices.
Concept, choreography & performance: Mette Ingvartsen. Light: Nadja Räikkä. Set: Virginie Mira. Sound: Peter Lenaerts. Dramaturgy Bojana Cvejic. Production 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), Kunstencentrum BUDA (Kortrijk), BIT Teatergarasjen (Bergen). With the support of Théatre National de Bretagne (Rennes), Festival d’Automne à Paris. Funded by: The Flemish Authorities & Kunstradet (Denmark).
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