Mette Ingvartsen [DK/BE]
Moving in Concert
03.10 – 05.10.2019
‘Plasticity, in the wide sense of the word, means the possession of a structure weak enough to yield to an influence, but strong enough not to yield all at once. Organic matter, especially nervous tissue, seems endowed with a very extraordinary degree of plasticity of this sort...’ – William James
In Moving in Concert, Mette Ingvartsen creates a universe in which people, technology and organic matter coexist to create an abstract set of movements. Inspired by how bodies are sensorially affected by the digital, the performance explores a poetics of plasticity, abstraction and imagination.
Pressing questions about our present moment form the leitmotif for Ingvartsen and nine dancers. How can we understand technology as something that stays active in our bodies, even when all technical tools have been switched off? How does the omnipresence of technology affect the plasticity of our brain? And how can bodies move and organize their collectivity in a plastic manner?
Through light, shadow and reflection, the dancers open an enchanting landscape that you can enter as a viewer. Abstract movement, light sculptures and intense shades of colour present choreography as a process in which forms and patterns determine the experience of space, bodies and objects.
• The Danish dancer and choreographer Mette Ingvartsen graduated from PARTS in 2004 and was artist-in-residence at Kaaitheater from 2013 until 2016. She has made several thematic cycles around issues like ecology (The Artificial Nature Project) and sexuality (The Red Pieces). Moving in Concert opens a new research focused on technology.
concept & choreography Mette Ingvartsen | performers Bruno Freire, Elias Girod, Gemma Higginbotham, Dolores Hulan, Jacob Ingram-Dodd, Anni Koskinen, Calixto Neto, Norbert Pape, Manon Santkin | replacements Hanna Hedman, Armin Hokmi | sound design Peter Lenaerts | light design Minna Tiikkainen | costume design Jennifer Defays | set design Mette Ingvartsen & Minna Tiikkainen | dramaturgy Bojana Cvejić | technical director Hans Meijer | assistant choreography Christine De Smedt | assistants production Manon Haase & Joey Ng | fascia training Anja Röttgerkamp | sound technician Filip Vilhelmsson | company management Kerstin Schroth | production Great Investment vzw | supported by the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès within the framework of the New Settings Program | co-production Kaaitheater, NEXT festival/Kunstencentrum BUDA, Festival d’Automne, Les Spectacles vivants – Centre Pompidou, Dansehallerne, HAU Hebbel am Ufer, PACT Zollverein, International Theater Amsterdam, Theater Rotterdam, Les Hivernales – CDCN | with the support of Kustenwerkplaats Pianofabriek & STUK Arts Center | funded by The Flemish Authorities & The Danish Arts Council