a discursive-practice performance

Austrian première
Imagination, speculation and description, three differently charged modes of address,
are used in this presentation to develop ideas in front of an audience. The spectator does
not directly participate in the performance but nevertheless plays an active role in
the encounter. Ideas around artificial nature, catastrophic constructions and the
autonomy of objects are processed through speech, gesture and motion. Speech
and physical actions are accorded equal value while being used to materialise a virtual
performance within the mind of the spectator.
PRODUCTION: Mette Ingvartsen / Great Investment
SUPPORT: Summer Intensive 2011 organised by Christine De Smedt / les ballets C de la B
and DOCH (University of Dance and Circus, Stockholm)


With support from Flemish Government.

Mette Ingvartsen is a Danish choreographer and dancer. From 1999 she studied in Amsterdam and Brussels, where in 2004 she graduated from the school of performing arts P.A.R.T.S. Her first performance, Manual Focus (2003), was created while she was still studying. Since then she has initiated several research projects and created 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 of 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 could 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 entitled The Red Pieces. This series opened with 69 positions and questioned the borders between private and public space, by literally placing the naked body in the middle of the theatre audience. In the second piece, 7 pleasures, a group of 12 performers confronted notions of nudity, body politics and sexual practice.
Mette Ingvartsen was artist in residence at the Kaaitheater in Brussels from 2013 till 2016 where she had presented her work since 2004 and is an associated artist with the APAP network. Between 2017 and 2022 she will be part of the artistic team at the Volksbühne in Berlin, under the direction of Chris Dercon.
Mette Ingvartsen is completing a PhD in choreography at Uniarts in Sweden. As part of this she is researching the relationship between artists’ writing and artistic practice, using her own work and writing as a way to experiment with these relationships. She has worked as a performer on projects by Jan Ritsema / Bojana Cvejic, Xavier Le Roy and Boris Charmatz.
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