Mette Ingvartsen [Brussels]

Why We Love Action

Why We Love Action
Why We Love Action


Mette Ingvartsen works on extreme body expressions. In her earlier work she dealt with situation like a rock concert, opera, circus or notions of pleasure and desire.

In Why We Love Action the performers scream, fight, kill, search buildings, evade explosions, hang from cliffs. They create doubles of characters, voices, sounds, images, and stunts. What happens to our perception when the ‘real’ characters are replaced by anonymous stand-ins and when their actions are copied and duplicated? What sort of theatricality does this sort of experiment lead to? It’s no longer about following a logic of cause and effect, but rather about effects making up a logic of their own.

Why We Love Action is intended to create a film-like sensation in the setting of a live performance, stripping the film down to pure action.

concept Mette Ingvartsen
performers Eleanor Bauer, Jefta van Dinther, Lucia Glass, Mette Ingvartsen, Peter Lenaerts, Kajsa Sandstrom, Manon Santkin
sound design, photography Peter Lenaerts
stunt and stage fight workshops Peppe Ostensson, Maria Winton, Kristoffer Jørgensen
light design Marek Lamprecht
production management Kerstin Schroth
thanks to all of Nadine, Mårten Spångberg, Elke Van Campenhout, Bojana Cvejic,
Heike Langsdorf, Camilla Marienhof, Tawny Andersen, Inneke van Waeyenberghe
coproduction Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin), Kulturhus (Aarhus), PACT Zollverein (Essen), Uzès Danse, Centre de développement chorégraphique de l'Uzège, du Gard et du Languedoc-Roussillon and Great Investment
founded by Hauptstadtkulturfonds (Germany)
research supported by Kaaitheater (Brussels), Nadine (Brussels) and Theater In Motion (Beijing)