69 positions (Part 1: Unplugged)
Wednesday, 22 January, at 8 pm, Auditorium MG+
Excess, nudity, orgiastic eroticism, ritualistic pleasure, audience participation and political engagement, all expressions of the sexual utopia particular to the counterculture and experimental performances of the 1960s. This guided tour through an archive of sexual performances, serves as a filter for Mette Ingvartsen to explore unresolved issues about sexuality in contemporary practices today. In doing so, her body turns into a field of physical experimentation and uncanny sexual practices emerge in relation to the environment that surrounds her.
69 Positions (Part 1: Unplugged) is an extract of the original version of the piece 69 Positions. It leads visitors through a space with texts, films and images, where memories of performances are brought alive to create a link between public and private space. More >>>
Thursday, 23 January, at 7 pm, Mladinsko Theatre – Upper Hall
Writing a novel about libertinage from his prison cell in 1785, Marquis de Sade declared that the nature of human passions authorises crime. This moment in Western modernity marks the moral ambivalence in the bind between sexual liberation and power. While the legalisation of pornography in Denmark in 1967 expanded the erotic freedom towards more gender equality, pornography today includes a politically wide range of expressions and uses, from queer and feminist stances to sexualised torture in war. The key to the affective power of pornography lies perhaps in the very root of the word: pernanai (Greek) = “to sell.” It explains how the pornographic “money-shot” operates in the climactic effects of “breaking news”, in the explosivity of action scenes or in brutality of authentic war porn.
Starting from the idea that pornography has leaked into many areas of society, Mette Ingvartsen explores the operations of the pornographic through a collection of erotic and affective materials. Most of them have little to do with explicit sex, yet they show some characteristics of the pornographic: expressions of cruelty, clinical precision, violence and pain, but sometimes also of laughter, excitement and thrill. By mixing physical action with narrative descriptions, a speculative choreography is created. The experiences that the viewer might undergo in this performance extend from imaginary to intense visceral sensations. More >>>
Mette Ingvartsen is a Danish choreographer and dancer. From 1999 she studied in Amsterdam and Brussels where she in 2004 graduated from the performing arts school P.A.R.T.S. She holds a Ph.D. in choreography from UNIARTS / Lunds University in Sweden. In her first performances, she was questioning affect, perception and sensation in relation to bodily representation. Her work is characterized by hybridity and engages in extending choreographic practices by combining dance and movement with other domains such as visual art, technology, language and theory. Ingvartsen established her company in 2003 and her work has since then been shown throughout Europe, as well as in the U.S., Canada and Australia. She has been artist-in-residence at Kaaitheater in Brussels (2012–2016), Volksbühne in Berlin, and associated to the APAP network. Besides making, performing, writing and lecturing, her practice also includes teaching and sharing research through workshops with students at universities and art schools. She has collaborated and performed with Xavier Le Roy, Bojana Cvejić, Jan Ritsema and Boris Charmatz, as well as invested in collective research projects.
Mette Ingvartsen's tour has been supported by the Danish Arts Council.