Opening steirischer herbst, the acclaimed choreographer Mette Ingvartsen experiments with sensual, erotic and social body languages. She extends pleasurable and joyful situations until they culminate in a celebration with all participants. A choreography that both captivates and stimulates.
With Die Vögel (DE)
We are constantly surrounded by images of sexual bodies – on posters and in magazines, on television and on the internet. The intimate and the erogenous influence the way we live, what we buy and how we move. With her performance “to come (extended)” the Danish choreographer Mette Ingvartsen investigates this involuntary interweaving of the public and private sphere. She shrouds her fifteen dancers in blue full-body suits, contrasting the deluge of images of naked skin and explicit eroticism with an abstract image.
In various speeds and rhythms, these sensual bodies test a seemingly endless series of orgiastic formations. The figural orgy turns into a singing choir, followed by an energetic social dance where the dancers shed their suits to perform some jaunty swing steps. The enjoyment of abstract colours and shapes mix with a sensation of rhythmic pulsing, while social structures come undone.
After “69 Positions” and – at steirischer herbst 2015 – “7 Pleasures”, Mette Ingvartsen now returns to an early examination of sexuality. “to come (extended)” is a new version of a production from 2005, with ten additional performers. In this new version, Ingvartsen confronts herself and her audience with the light-hearted view of sexualised forms of representation, she took at the beginning of her international career.
Together with her group, she stages extended states of pleasures in which excitement is both excessively slowed down and energetically sped up, and thus deliberately delays the collective climax again and again. That’s why the evening isn’t over when the applause begins: instead, it transitions seamlessly into a sensual celebration with the audience that culminates in a live concert of Hamburg’s electro brass duo Die Vögel. Dance, eat and celebrate together with us!
Concept, choreography and set Mette Ingvartsen
With Johanna Chemnitz, Katharina 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
Replacement Alberto Franceschini, Anuschka von Oppen, Manon Santkin
Light and set Jens Sethzman
Musical arrangements Adrien Gentizon
Costume design Emma Zune
Dramaturgy Tom Engels
Lindy hop teachers Jill De Muelenaere & Clinton Stringer
Sound technician Adrien Gentizon
Assistants production Elisabeth Hirner, Manon Haase
Management Kerstin Schroth
Commissioned by steirischer herbst
Produced by Mette Ingvartsen / Great Investment
Co-produced by steirischer herbst, Volksbühne Berlin, BUDA Kortrijk, Festival d’Automne, Les Spectacles vivants –
Centre Pompidou, Dansehallerne Copenhagen, CCN2 – Centre choré-graphique national de Grenoble, Dansens Hus Oslo, SPRING Performing Arts Festival, NEXT / le phénix scène nationale Valenciennes pôle européen de création
With the support of Flemish Authorities, Danish Arts Council
Project sponsor AVL Cultural Foundation
Mette Ingvartsen (DK)
Mette Ingvartsen, born in 1980 in Århus/Denmark, works as a choreographer and dancer. By the mid-1990s she was already taking part in several dance collaborations, subsequently studying at the Hogeschool voor der Kunsten in Amsterdam and the Performing Arts Research and Training Studios (P.A.R.T.S.) in Brussels from 1999 to 2004. In 2002 Ingvartsen presented her first independently conceived performance, “Solo Negatives”; fifteen more were to follow over the years, three of which also billed at steirischer herbst. In 2009, her pieces “GIANT CITY” and “evaporated landscapes” premièred at the festival, returning in 2014 with “7 Pleasures”. Apart from her solo pieces the Danish artist also works regularly with other choreographers, including Boris Charmatz (“Expo Zero”, 2010) and Xavier Le Roy (“Floor Pieces”, 2010) and is also a member of the artistic team of Chris Dercon, director of Volksbühne Berlin.