We are perpetually haunted by the question of re-inventing the body, of what it can do, or what it is capable of. In IT’S IN THE AIR, Ingvartsen and van Dinther ask the question: how can we perceive the body as a body; as expressive qualities generated through movement? IT’S IN THE AIR unravels the body in the nexus between the human-cultural and the natural-physical, between will, effort and desire and mechanical laws and conditions.

A female and male body grow organically into body-machines. They jump, bounce, flip, flop, ripple, slide, levitate, reverberate, shiver, rub, tick, explode… Bodies that defy the laws of motion and rest, the joy of muscles being moved, the many nuances of rhythm, density, texture, the tactility of movement, in virtuosity that elicits pure joy.


Premiered in 2008 at PACT Zollverein, Essen

Choreography & Performance:
Jefta van Dinther & Mette Ingvartsen
Light Design & set: Minna Tiikkainen
Sound Design:  Peter Lenaerts
Dramaturgy:  Bojana Cvejic
Technical director: Oded Huberman
Production Management:  Kerstin Schroth

A production of Mette Ingvartsen/Great Investment & Jefta van Dinther/Sure Basic

Co-production: PACT Zollverein (Essen), Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin), Kaaitheater (Brussels).

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

With the support of Eurotramp (Germany), Les Brigittines (Brussels), Charleroi/Danses, Centre Chorégraphique de la Communauté Francaise de Belgique (Brussels), Ballhaus Naunynstraße (Berlin) & 2007 a project of Tanz im August & Kerstin Schroth (Berlin).