Mette Ingvartsen

21 Pornographies
Wed 30.01
Thu 31.01
  • Wed 30.01
    20:00 - 21:15
  • Thu 31.01
    20:00 - 21:15

 An intriguing choreography about pleasure, excitement and violence

‘21 pornographies’ is part of the series ‘The Red Pieces’ by Mette Ingvartsen, in which the Brussels-based Dane creates choreographies exploring sexuality. In doing so, she doesn’t work with explicitly sexual images, but draws inspiration from film and literature.

The legalisation of porn sparked an erotic emancipation, but at the same time pornography tends to have a strong aspect of power and politics. It’s no surprise that the word ‘pornography’ comes from the Greek ‘pernanai’, meaning ‘to sell’. Ingvartsen is inspired by the mechanisms from pornography that have permeated all levels of our society: a hyper-sexualised visual culture, a collective obsession with pleasure, excitement and climax, but also power (and its abuse), cruelty, violence and pain.

By combining physical action with narrative descriptions, Ingvartsen creates a speculative choreography that stimulates both our imagination and our senses.

No photos or filming!  


Concept & Performance: Mette Ingvartsen
Light design: 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), NEXT festival / 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

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