Mette Ingvartsen & Jefta van Dinther [Brussels/Amsterdam]



30.10 – 31.10.2008

Virtuosity and pure joy

Mette Ingvartsen is perhaps the most ‘physical’ dancer and choreographer of her generation. Such productions as 50/50, to come and Why We Love Action displayed an infectious pleasure in the functioning of the body. They are complex-free explorations of the body and the way we look at it. The Dutch/Swedish dancer and choreographer Jefta van Dinther worked on to come and Why We Love Action. Ingvartsen and Van Dinther are also part of the group COCOs, who present their performance BREEDING, BRAINS & BEAUTY during the season’s opening of Kaaitheater in August.

We are perpetually haunted by the question of re-inventing the body, of what it can do, or what it is capable of. In IT`S IN THE AIR, Ingvartsen and van Dinther ask the question: how can we perceive the body as body; as expressive qualities generated through movement? IT`S IN THE AIR unravels the body in the nexus between the human-cultural and the natural-physical, between will, effort and desire and mechanical laws and conditions.

A female and a male body grow organically into body-machines, natural, yet against nature as a habit. They jump, bounce, flip, flop, ripple, slide, levitate, reverberate, shiver, rub, tick, explode… Bodies that defy the laws of motion and rest, the joy of muscles being moved, the many nuances of rhythm, density, texture, the tactility of movement , in virtuosity that elicits pure joy.

choreography & performance Jefta van Dinther, Mette Ingvartsen | light design & set Minna Tiikkainen | sound design Peter Lenaerts | dramaturgy Bojana Cvejić | production management Kerstin Schroth | production Mette Ingvartsen / Great Investment & Jefta van Dinther / Sure Basic | coproduction Kaaitheater, Pact Zollverein (Essen), Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin) | funded by Haupstadtkulturfonds (Berlin) & Danish Council (Denmark) | support Eurotramp (Germany), Les Brigittines (Brussels), Charleroi/Danses, Centre Chorégraphique de la Communauté Française de Belgique (Brussels), Ballhaus Naunynstraße (Berlin), 2007 (a project of Tanz im August, Berlin)