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Mette Ingvartsen (DK)

21 pornographies

14. feb. –15. feb. 2018

Store scene 14.02.2017 19:00

Store scene 15.02.2018 19:00

Starting from the idea that pornography has leaked into

many areas of contemporary 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 violence and pain, but sometimes also of pleasure and thrill. By mixing physical action with narrative descriptions, a speculative choreography is created.

+ Workshop February 12, 11.00-16.00.
+ Afterwords February 15 after the performance.
+ See the performance to come (extended) by Mette Ingvartsen  January 26 – 28th at Dansens Hus.

Workshop with Mette Ingvartsen for professional dancers February 12th, 11 – 16 at Black Box teater, main stage. Limited tickets available. Buy your ticket here

If you have a ticket for the workshop you get a reduced price for the performance 21 pornographies. Reserve your ticket by sending a mail to:

In this workshop, Mette Ingvartsen will share the research she has been engaged with since 2013, since she started working on The Red Pieces. It will address questions around sexuality and its relation to the publics sphere, economy and the political. The work session will contain both physical movement tasks derived from the research as well as conceptual presentation/discussion on the topics at stake.

The Danish dancer and choreographer Mette Ingvartsen graduated from PARTS in 2004. Questions of kinesthesia, perception, affect and sensation have been crucial to most of her work. Recently her interest has turned towards thinking choreography as an extended practice. 21 pornographies is part of The Red Pieces, an ongoing series of performances in which Ingvartsen explores relationships between sexuality and the public sphere. In it she investigates naked and sexualized bodies and their influence on societal structures. The series currently also comprises 69 positions (Black Box teater 2016), 7 Pleasures (Dansens Hus 2016) and the performative conference The Permeable Stage in which a number of artists and theorists were invited to reflect upon, perform and discuss the politics of sexuality.


Concept, Choreography and Performance : Mette Ingvartsen. Light: Minna Tiikkainen. Sound design: Peter Lenaerts. Set: Mette Ingvartsen & Minna Tiikkainen. Dramaturgy: Bojana Cvejic. Technical director: Hans Meijer. Assistant choreography: Dolores Hulan. Assistants production: Manon Haase & Elisabeth Hirner. Sound technician: Adrien Gentizon. Company Management: Kerstin Schroth. A production of Mette Ingvartsen / Great Investment. Co-production: Volksbühne (Berlin), PACT Zollverein (Essen), Kaaitheater (Brussels), Kunstencentrum BUDA (Kortrijk), Les Spectacles vivants – Centre Pompidou (Paris), Dansehallerne (Copenhagen), BIT Teatergarasjen (Bergen), Julidans (Amsterdam), CCN2 – Centre chorégraphique national de Grenoble. With the support of Nanterre-Amandiers, Centre Dramatique National, Musée de la Danse/Centre Chorégraphique National de Rennes et de Bretagne & Kustenwerkplaats Pianofabriek. Funded by: The Flemish Authorities, The Flemish Community Commission (VGC) & The Danish Arts Council.