Together with an intergenerational group of skaters and dancers, Mette Ingvartsen explores the speed and energy of movement on wheels, a physical memory from her own childhood. Much more than simply a flawless spectacle of virtuoso performances, Skatepark marks the emergence of a community defined by perseverance and hard work.
It illustrates the practice and passion of individuals trying to push the limits of the achievable through trial and error, alone but also as a group. The repeated attempts at tricks, jumpwork, balance, as well as boisterous interaction and clashes show something more: in a shared space, a society emerges from which we can learn.
In Skatepark, choreographer Mette Ingvartsen explodes the fun and rebellion of skate culture in the theatre. This energy bomb proves it: punx not dead! – De Standaard
• Mette Ingvartsen (she/her) is a Danish choreographer and dancer who graduated from PARTS in 2004. Her work is characterised by being hybrid and concerned with expanding choreographic practices by combining dance and movement with other fields, such as the visual arts, technology, language and theory. In 2003, Ingvartsen founded her own company and since then her work has been shown across Europe, the United States, Canada, Australia and Asia. Between 2012 and 2016, she was artist-in-residence at Kaaitheater in Brussels.
concept & choreography Mette Ingvartsen | with Damien Delsaux, Manuel Faust, Aline Boas, Mary Pop Wheels, Sam Gelis, Fouad Nafili, Júlia Rúbies Subirós, Thomas Bîrzan, Briek Neuckermans, Indreas Kifleyesus, Arthur Vannes, Camille Gecchele and local skaters | choreographic assistant Michaël Pomero | sound design Anne van de Star and Peter Lenaerts | lighting design Minna Tiikkainen | music Felix Kubin, Mord Records, Why the eye, sonaBLAST! Records, Rrose, The Fanny Pads, Restive Plaggona | scenography Pierre Jambé/Antidote | technical set design Stéphane Thonnard | set construction Atelier of Théâtre National Bruxelles: Joachim Pochet, Joachim Hesse, Pierre Jardon, Yves Philippaerts, Andrea Messana, Boyd Gates | dramaturgy Bojana Cvejić | costumes Jennifer Defays | technical director Hans Meijer | sound technicians Milan Van Doren, Yrjänä Rankka, Filip Vilhelmsson | lighting technicians Bennert Vancottem, Jan-Simon De Lille | supervisor kids Billie Meeussen, Victor Perez Hernandez | production and administration Joey Ng | production Oihana Azpillaga Camio | communication Jeroen Goffings | management Ruth Collier | production Great Investment asbl | coproduction La Danse en grande forme (Cndc - Angers, Malandain Ballet Biarritz, La Manufacture CDCN Nouvelle-Aquitaine Bordeaux - La Rochelle, CCN de Caen en Normandie, L'échangeur - CDCN Hauts-de- France, CCN2 - Grenoble, La Briqueterie - CDCN du Val de Marne, CCN - Ballet national de Marseille, CCN de Nantes, CCN d'Orléans, Atelier de Paris / CDCN, Le Gymnase CDCN Roubaix - Hauts-de-France, La Place de La Danse - CDCN Toulouse - Occitanie, La MC2 - Grenoble), Ruhrtriennale, Wiener Festwochen & Tanzquartier Wien, La Villette & Théâtre Chaillot, deSingel, Kaaitheater & Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles, Kunstencentrum VIERNULVIER, Next Festival, Charleroi danse centre chorégraphique de Wallonie - Bruxelles, International Theatre Rotterdam, Perpodium | supported by Fondation d'entreprise Hermès, Wilhelm Hansen Fonden | residency Rosas, Charleroi danse centre chorégraphique de Wallonie - Bruxelles, deSingel | Great Investment is supported by Flemish Government, Tax Shelter of the Belgian Federal Government, Danish Arts Council & Flemish Community Commission (VGC)