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. Her first performance “Manual Focus”(2003) was made while she was still studying. Since then she has initiated several research projects and made numerous performances, among others “50/50” (2004), “to come” (2005), “Why We Love Action” (2006), “It’s in The Air” (2008) “GIANT CITY” (2009) and “All the way out there…”(2011).
Questions of kinesthesia, perception, affect and sensation have been crucial to most of her work. Recently her interest has turned towards thinking choreography as an extended practice. Starting with “evaporated landscapes” in 2009, a performance for foam, fog, light and sound, this interest has led to a series of propositions that extend choreography into non-human materials. In 2010 she worked on several site-specific propositions, also dealing with notions of artificial nature. “The Extra Sensorial Garden” was presented in Copenhagen and “The Light Forest” was open to be visited during Szene Salzburg in July 2010 and 2011. Her group work “The Artificial Nature Project” (2012) reintroduced the human performer into a network of connections between human and non-human actors. This work concluded the series on artificial nature.
In 2014 she started a new cycle of work entitled “The Red Pieces”. “69 positions” opened this series and questioned the borders between private and public space, by literally placing the naked body in the middle of the theater public. In the second piece, “7 pleasures”, a group of 12 performers confronted notions of nudity, body politics and sexual practice.
Mette Ingvartsen was artist in residence at the KAAITHEATER in Brussels from 2013 till 2016 where she has been presenting her worksince 2004. She’s been associated to the APAP network from 2010 to 2015. Between 2017 and 2022 she will be part of the artistic team at Volksbühne in Berlin, under the direction of Chris Dercon.
Besides her performance work she is engaged in research. Her practice involves writing, making, performing and documenting work. She teaches and gives workshops often related to developing methodologies within choreographic practices. Since 2005 she has been working on “everybodys”, an open ongoing collaborative project based on open source strategies, aiming at producing tools and games that can be used by artists to develop work. She worked as an editor for everybodys publications from 2005 till 2010.
In 2008 she participated in “6Months1Location” initiated by Xavier Le Roy and Bojana Cvejic, a project experimenting with education, structures of production and artistic exchange. During the 6 months she worked on the YouTube project “Where is my Privacy”, infiltrating and utilizing contemporary communication tools as a way to rethink choreographic production. As an extension of 6M1L she took part in organizing the festival Inpresentable 09 in Madrid, on an invitation by Juan Dominguez.
Mette Ingvartsen holds a PhD in choreography from UNIARTS / Lunds University in Sweden.
She has worked as a performer in projects of Jan Ritsema / Bojana Cvejic, Xavier Le Roy and Boris Charmatz.