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Red Pieces: 21 pornographies, to come (extended),The Permeable Stage
Mette Ingvartsen
main stage

An evening in three parts, two intervals, recommended age 18 years
Dance, Performance

Danish choreographer and dancer Mette Ingvartsen is a member of Volksbühne’s artistic team. She will start the first season with two new choreographies and a performative conference: 21 pornographies, to come (extended) and The Permeable Stage.They are the culmination of her work over the past five years, and explore the connection between sexuality, power and the body politics. Due to the increasing visibility of bodies in intimate situations and their media exposure, the boundaries between private and public are becoming blurred.

21 pornographies
Großes Haus

Solo performance by and with Mette Ingvartsen
19:00, 70 min

Writing a novel about libertinage from his prison cell in 1785, Marquis de Sade declared that the nature of human passions authorises crime. This moment in Western modernity marks the moral ambivalence in the bind between sexual liberation and power. Today pornography includes a politically wide range of expressions and uses, from queer and feminist stances to sexualised torture in war. Starting from the idea that pornography has leaked into many areas of society, Mette Ingvartsen explores the operations of the pornographic through a collection of erotic and affective materials. Most of them have little to do with explicit sex, yet they show some characteristics of the pornographic: expressions of cruelty, clinical precision, violence and pain, but sometimes also of laughter, excitement and thrill.

Concept, choreography & performance: Mette Ingvartsen
Light design: Minna Tiikkainen
Sound design: Peter Lenaerts
Set: Mette Ingvartsen & Minna Tiikkainen
Dramaturgy: Bojana Cvejic
Technical director: Hans Meijer
Choreography assistant: Dolores Hulan
Production assistants: Manon Haase & Elisabeth Hirner
Sound technician: Adrien Gentizon
Company management: Kerstin Schroth

Pause–The Permeable Stage
Film programme in Roter Salon and Sternfoyer

to come (extended)
Großes Haus

21:15, 60 min

to come (extended) explores the lack of distinction between private, public and intimate space. In a performance that literally disrupts erotic orders, a group of 15 performers questions the notion of individual sexual freedom by working on orgiastic relations. The bodies of the performers merge into a collective group formation by making their surfaces indistinguishable from one another. Working directly on how bodies can physically connect, mechanisms of desire are rethought by experimenting with sexual, orgasmic and social expressions. The performance challenges the use orgasmic structures in theater by proposing extended states of pleasures in which excitement is both excessively slowed down and energetically sped up.

Concept & choreography: Mette Ingvartsen
Performers: Johanna Chemnitz, Katja Dreyer, Bruno Freire, Bambam Frost, Ghyslaine Gau, Elias Girod, Gemma Higginbotham, Dolores Hulan, Jacob Ingram-Dodd, Anni Koskinen, Olivier Muller, Calixto Neto, Danny Neyman, Norbert Pape, Hagar Tenenbaum
Understudies: Alberto Franceschini & Manon Santkin
Light design: Jens Sethzman
Musical arrangement: Adrien Gentizon, Set: Mette Ingvartsen & Jens Sethzman
Costume: Jennifer Defays
Dramaturgy: Tom Engels
Lindihop teacher: Jill De Muelenaere & Clinton Stringer
Technical director: Hans Meijer
Sound technician: Adrien Gentizon
Production assistants: Manon Haase & Elisabeth Hirner
Company management: Kerstin Schroth

The Permeable Stage
Roter Salon

22:30 – open end / free entry

In this edition of The Permeable Stage Mette Ingvartsen invites theorists, artists and musicians to share their work through a series of late night lectures, film screenings and a concert. The topics of the lectures by Petra Van Brabandt, Melanie Richter-Montpetit, Austin Gross and Marie-Luise Angerer resonate with issues at stake throughout the rest of the evening‘s program. They question sexualized technologies of security and discipline in contemporary contexts of war, migration and capitalism and explore resistant potentials of wet aesthetics and queer - feminist pornographic art. The associated film program, 21 pornographies on Film will be screened between the performances. The Permeable Stage finishes Saturday night with a concert by the electro-brass duo Die Vögel.

Concept: Mette Ingvartsen
Lectures: Petra Van Brabant, Melanie Richter-Montpetit, Austin Gross and Marie-Luise Angerer
Dramaturgical advise / Moderation: Bettina Knaup
Curation movie program: Giulio Bursi and Mette Ingvartsen
Movies: Barbara Hammer, Peggy Ahwesh, Paolo Gioli, Kerstin Cmelka, Carolee Schneemann, VALIE EXPORT, Paul Sharits, Takahiko Iimura, Anja Czioska, MM Serra, Matthias Müller, Jerry Tartaglia, Natalie Harran, Mara Mattuschka, Tony Wu, Making Maps, Karel Quinstrebert, Naomi Uman, Kurt Kren, Anita Thatcher, Dietmar Brehm, Maurice Lemaitre
Concert: Die Vögel
Production assistant: Manon Haase

The Permeable Stage - Program Overview

Wednesday 13.12.2017

- Film Program 1 (Roter Salon) and 2 (Stern Foyer)

- Late Night Lecture by Petra Van Brabandt: Wet Aesthetics: To Heat By Melting

- Film Program 3 (Foyer)

Thursday 14.12.2017

- Film Program 1 (Roter Salon) and 2 (Stern Foyer)

- Late Night Lecture by Melanie Richter-Montpetit: Beyond the Erotics of Orientalism: Sexualized Torture, Anti-Blackness and the Persistence of White Terror

- Film Program 4 (Foyer)

Friday 15.12.2017

- Film Program 3 (Roter Salon) and 4 (Stern Foyer)

- Late Night Lecture by Austin Gross: The Dream of Disciplinary Power
Film Program 1 (Foyer)

Saturday 16.12.2017

- Film Program 3 (Roter Salon) and 4 (Stern Foyer)

- Late Night Lecture by Marie-Luise Angerer: The Sexual Drift: Desire and Anxiety
- Film Program 2 (Foyer)

- Concert by Electro-Brass Duo Die Vögel

13.12 14.12 15.12 16.12:
21 Pornographies on Film

Barbara Hammer, Dyketactis, 1974, 16mm, col, sound, 4’
Peggy Ahwesh, The color of Love, 1994, 16mm, col, sound, 10’
Paolo Gioli, Tessitura Calda, 2013, 16mm, b&w, silent, 7’
Kerstin Cmelka, Mit Mir, 2000, 16mm, col, silent, 3’
Carolee Schneeman, Fuses, 1964, 16mm, col, silent, 25’
Running time: 49’

Matthias Muller, Sleepy Heaven, 1993, 16mm, col, sound, 15’
Jerry Tartaglia, Ecce Homo, 1989, 16mm, col, sound, 7’
Natalie Harran, Sexe – Thym, 1992-93, 16mm, col, silent, 1’
Mara Mattuschka, Es hat mich sehr gefreut, 1987, 16mm, b&w, sound, 2’
Tony Wu, Making Maps, 1999-2001, 16mm, col, sound, 19’
Karel Quinstrebert, 25 centimètres, 1997, 16mm, b&w, sil, 3’
Running time: 47’

Naomi Uman, REMOVED, 1999, 16mm, col, sound, 7'
Kurt Kren, Leda und dem Schwan, 1964, 16mm, col, sound, 3’
Anita Thacher, Permanent Wave, 1966, 16mm, col, sound, 3’
Dietmar Brehm, Party!, 1995, 16mm, b&w, sound, 18'
Maurice Lemaitre, Des Scènes d’amour très réalistes, avec force détails et gros plans, 1978, 16mm, col, sound, 18’
Running time: 49’

Valie Export, Mann & Frau & Animal, 1970-73, 16mm, col, son, 10’
Paul Sharits, Peace Mandala/End War, 1966, 16mm, b&w/col, silent, 5’
Takahiko Iimura, Ai (Love), 1962-63, 16mm, b&w, sound, 10’
Anja Czioska, Prinzessin Marina, 1996, 16mm, col, sound, 3’
MM Serra, L’amour Fou, 1992, 16mm, col, sound, 20’
Running time: 48’


Photo: 21 Pornographies; Marc Domage

Photo: Jens Sethzmann

21 pornographies
copyright: Light Cone

21 pornographies
copyright: Light Cone

21 pornographies
copyright: Light Cone

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