VOLKSBÜHNE
Berlin

Mette Ingvartsen

The Danish performer and choreographer Mette Ingvartsen, born in 1980, is one of the seminal artists of her generation. She created her first works, Manual Focus (2003) and 50/50 (2004) while studying at the school founded by Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels. Her performance to come (2005), a reflection on the sexualisation of our everyday world, was her first piece to attract attention from the wider public. In subsequent years the performance Why We Love Action (2006), It’s in the Air (2008), the YouTube project Where is my Privacy (2008) and GIANT CITY (2009) followed.

Questions about the interplay of perception, action and sensation are strong influences on her choreographic thinking and acting, which began to overlap into other disciplines early on in her career. In the live performance evaporated landscapes (2009) theatrical effects like foam, mist, light and sound develop a momentum of their own, reminiscent of a swarm. With this “dance without dancers”, she succeeded in making her mark on the art world, which resulted in a series about the choreographic and aesthetic effects of objects and machines. The Extra Sensorial Garden (2010) and Light Forest (2010) invite the spectator to enter environments where light, temperature, colour and sound create a sensual sphere that blurs the boundaries between natural and artificial elements. With the stage study The Artificial Nature Project (2012) Mette Ingvartsen presented a modern paraphrasing of Kleist’s essay, On the Marionette Theatre. She arranged performers, machines, diverse materials and objects into a choreography in which it is no longer clear who or what drives the impulses for the movement: human will or the things that surrounded us.

Red Pieces is the title of a new cycle of works, which places the focus on the human body and its media staging. The first piece is the solo work 69 positions (2014), a walk-through performance archive which deals with the forms of expression of sexual utopias of the feminist avant-garde. This is followed by the group choreography 7 pleasure (2015). The solo performance 21 pornographies (2017), the choreography to come (extended) (2017) and the conference The Permeable Stage (2017) all focus on the conjunction of sexuality, power and the body politic.

Mette Ingvartsen is the artist in residence at the KAAITHEATER in Brussels since 2013. As a performer, she can be seen in projects by Jan Ritsema, Bojana Cvejic, Xavier Le Roy and Boris Charmatz. She lives and works in Brussels.

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