evaporated landscapes

With evaporated landscapes Mette Ingvartsen creates an artificial world that behaves according to rules of evaporation, dissolution and transformation. Departing from ephemeral materials and matters like light, sound, bubbles and foam the performance constructs landscapes of various kinds.

Some of the artificial landscapes resemble nature, as we know it from the past, others look more like futuristic inventions. In either case they produce sensations of calmness and rest but also fascination and surprise, impressions we normally attribute to the world of natural wonders.

In evaporated landscapes choreography no longer belongs to the organization of bodies and their movements in space. Rather choreography is understood to be the relationship that operates between the ephemeral elements, as they magically float and dissolve into space. The movements that appear do not only show up in space but also within the bodies of the spectators due to the sensations and perceptions they encounter throughout the performance.


Premiered in 2009 at steirischer herbst festival, Graz

The Artificial Nature Series

evaporated landscapes is the first in a series of five works where Mette Ingvartsen stages perceptions and sensations of nature. The ideas around fictionalizing and choreographing natural phenomena were eloborated in 2010 and 2011 through The Extra Sensorial Garden and The Light Forest. In the latter spectators were invited to wander through a dark forest following LED lights that had been installed in trees as a way of dramatizing and fictionalizing the natural landscape and environment. In 2011 the interests in non-human agency developed through Speculations; a discursive practice performance using language to conceptually prefigure The Artificial Nature Project that concluded the series in 2012.

Concept: Mette Ingvartsen
Lighting Design: Minna Tiikkainen
Sound Design: Gérald Kurdian
Technical director: Joachim Hupfer
Sound technician: Adrien Gentizon
Production Management: Kerstin Schroth

A production of Mette Ingvartsen / Great Investment

Co-production: steirischer herbst festival (Graz), Festival Baltoscandal (Rakvere) (NXTSTP, with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union), PACT Zollverein (Essen), HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin) (With the support of the Départs / European Commission (Culture program), Kaaitheater (Brussels).

Funded by: Haupstadtkulturfonds (Germany) & Kunstrådet (Denmark)

Research supported by Tanzquartier (Wien), Siemens Arts Program and LE CENTQUARTRE (Paris)