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Mette Ingvartsen
The Dancing Public

Mette Ingvartsen

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The Dancing Public

The Dancing Public is a celebration of dance. With a solo which isn’t really a solo, the Danish choreographer Mette Ingvartsen reminds us, after all these lockdowns and confinements — of the euphoric and dissenting power of movement. 

In the context of disease and famine, from the Middle Ages to modern times, Europe has experienced several “dance epidemics”: for weeks, entire villages would dance frenetically, not able or not allowed to stop, sometimes until death. In the context of this other pandemic, Mette Ingvartsen brings this phenomenon back to life, as it were, one which remains largely unexplained. The choreographer invites us to accompany her inside a compelling choreographic trance, an ecstatic and contagious dance whose movements and released energies can also be signs of protest.

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Biography(s)

Mette Ingvartsen is a Danish choreographer and dancer. Her work is characterized by hybridity and engages in extending choreographic practices by combining dance and movement with other domains such as visual arts, technology, language and theory. An important strand of her work was developed between 2009 and 2012 with The Artificial Nature Series, in which she focused on reconfiguring relations between human and non-human agency through choreography. By contrast her series, The Red Pieces (2014-2017) inscribes itself into a history of human performance with a focus on nudity, sexuality and how the body historically has been a site for political struggles.
In 2019, she premiered Moving in Concert, an abstract group choreography, that focuses on the interlacing between humans, technological tools and natural materials.
For 2021 Mette Ingvartsen is also preparing two new projects: The Life Work, an in situ project with elderly people in the Ruhr region in Germany which addresses migration issues. And a new
solo, The Dancing Public, inspired by a fascination for dancing manias throughout history.
She established her company in 2003 and her work has since then been shown throughout Europe, as well as in the U.S, Canada, South Korea, Taiwan and Australia. She has been artist in residence at the Kaaitheater in Brussels, Volksbühne in Berlin, as well as associated to the APAP network.
Ingvartsen holds a PhD in choreography from Stockholm’s University of the Arts and graduated prior to that from the performing arts school P.A.R.T.S in Brussels. Besides performing, writing and lecturing, her practice includes teaching and sharing her research through workshops with students at universities and art schools. She has collaborated and performed with Xavier Le Roy, Bojana Cvejic, Jan Ritsema and Boris Charmatz, as well as invested in collective research projects such as the artist platform EVERYBODYS (2005-2010), the educational project Six Months, One Location (2008) and the performative conference The Permeable Stage (2016-ongoing).

Credits

Concept & Performance: Mette Ingvartsen
Lighting design: Minna Tiikkainen
Set design: Mette Ingvartsen & Minna Tiikkainen
Musical arrangements: Mette Ingvartsen & Anne van de Star Costumes: Jennifer Defays
Dramaturgy: Bojana Cvejić
Technical direction: Hans Meijer
Sound Technician: Anne van de Star
Company management: Ruth Collier
Production & administration: Joey Ng

Music: Affkt feat. Sutja Gutierrez, Scanner, Radio Boy, LCC, VII Circle, Kangding Ray, Paula Temple, Ron Morelli, Valanx, Anne van de Star

A production of: Great Investment vzw
Supported by: the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès within the framework of the New Settings

Program, Bikubenfonden.

Co-production: PACT Zollverein (Essen), Kaaitheater (Brussels), Festival d’Automne (Paris), Tanzquartier (Vienna), SPRING Performing Arts Festival (Utrecht), Kunstencentrum Vooruit (Ghent), Les Hivernalles (Avignon), Charleroi danse centre chorégraphique de Wallonie – Bruxelles, NEXT festival, Dansens Hus Oslo

With the support of: Kunstencentrum Buda (Kortrijk)
Funded by: The Flemish Authorities, The Danish Arts Council & The Flemish Community

Commission (VGC)

With the support of Onda – Office national de diffusion artistique

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