Mette Ingvartsen

The Dancing Public

The Dancing Public
The Dancing Public

13.10 – 15.10.2021

Tonight, is for dancing
Tonight, we’ll be dancing…

In The Dancing Public, Ingvartsen explores ecstatic movement at social gatherings in the aftermath of a pandemic. Her solo blows up the solitary confinement of 2020 with a mix of unstoppable movements, incessant music, words and chants in infernal tempos and rhythms. The Dancing Public is a dance party, a spoken word concert and an expression of physical madness to the point of exhaustion. What is this extreme need for movement that we feel in our bodies today? Are we ready to taste life to the full again?

In her latest solo, Mette Ingvartsen brings the historical phenomenon of dancing mania to life on stage. Dance mania was a collective ecstatic outburst of relentless dancing, uncontrollable movement, bodily jerks and convulsions. It could start from one body and spread to several hundred, pulsating as one mass for days or months. From the Middle Ages to modern times, this phenomenon has been a regular occurrence and was given numerous explanations: from possession by evil spirits over curses by saints to neurological malfunctions. But behind the dangerous image of public disorder, there was above all a body that freed itself from the stress of epidemics, natural disasters and poverty, a body that danced in protest.

• Danish dancer and choreographer Mette Ingvartsen graduated from PARTS in 2004, and was artist-in-residence at Kaaitheater for the period 2013-2016. She made several thematic cycles, for instance on ecology (The Artificial Nature Project) and sexuality (The Red Pieces). With The Dancing Public, she is back on stage.


concept & performance Mette Ingvartsen | lighting design Minna Tiikkainen | set design Mette Ingvartsen & Minna Tiikkainen | musical arrangements Mette Ingvartsen & Anne van de Star | costumes Jennifer Defays | dramaturgy Bojana Cvejić | technical direction Hans Meijer | sound technician Anne van de Star | company management Ruth Collier | production & administration Joey Ng | a production of Great Investment vzw | supported by the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès within the framework of the New Settings Program, Bikubenfonden | co-production Kaaitheater, PACT Zollverein, Festival d’Automne, Tanzquartier, SPRING Performing Arts Festival, Voo?uit, Les Hivernalles, Charleroi danse centre chorégraphique de Wallonie – Bruxelles, NEXT festival, Dansens Hus Oslo | funded by The Flemish Authorities, The Danish Arts Council & The Flemish Community Commission (VGC)

music Affkt feat. Sutja Gutierrez, Scanner, Radio Boy, LCC, VII Circle, Kangding Ray, Paula Temple, Ron Morelli, Valanx, Anne van de Star