“7 Pleasures confirms that in this culture, there’s hardly any state more complicated than being naked with others.”
–The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
At the heart of Mette Ingvartsen’s 7 Pleasures, twelve performers confront notions of nudity, body politics and sexual practice, questioning the borders between private and public space by literally placing the naked body in the middle of the theater public. In this American premiere, pleasure becomes a perceptual as much as a political question. How do we use pleasures joyful potential to disrupt cliché images attached to nudity and sexuality?
Mette Ingvartsen is a Danish choreographer and dancer. Questions of kinesthesia, perception, affect, and sensation have been crucial to most of her work, which includes several site-specific propositions that have been seen around the world. Mette was artist-in-residence at the KAAITHEATER in Brussels from 2013 through 2016 and is currently part of the new artistic team at Volksbühne in Berlin.
Please note: this performance contains nudity and mature themes.
Concept & Choreography: Mette Ingvartsen
Performers: Sirah Foighel Brutmann, Johanna Chemnitz, Katja Dreyer, Elias Girod, Bruno Freire, Dolores Hulan, Ligia Lewis, Danny Neyman, Norbert Pape, Pontus Pettersson, Hagar Tenenbaum, Marie Ursin (permanently replaced by Gemma Higginbotham)
Replacements: Ghyslaine Gau, Calixto Neto, Manon Santkin
Light: Minna Tiikkainen
Music & Soundtrack: Peter Lenaerts, with music by Will Guthrie (Breaking Bones & Snake Eyes)
Set: Mette Ingvartsen & Minna Tiikkainen
Dramaturgy: Bojana Cvejic
Assistant choreography: Manon Santkin
Assistant production: Manon Haase
Assistant light: Nadja Räikkä
Technical director: Joachim Hupfer & Nadja Räikkä
Sound technician: Adrien Gentizon
Company Management: Kerstin Schroth
A production of Mette Ingvartsen / Great Investment
Co-production: steirischer herbst festival (Graz), Kaaitheater (Brussels), HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin), Théatre National de Bretagne (Rennes), Festival d’Automne (Paris), Les Spectacles vivants – Centre Pompidou (Paris), PACT Zollverein (Essen), Dansens Hus (Oslo), Tanzquartier Wien (Vienna), Kunstencentrum BUDA (Kortrijk), BIT Teatergarasjen (Bergen), Dansehallerne (Copenhagen)
Funded by: The Flemish Authorities, Hauptstadtkulturfonds (Germany) & The Danish Arts Council.
With the support of Musée de la Danse/Centre Chorégraphique National de Rennes et de Bretagne.
A House on Fire co-production; with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union Research and residency supported by APAP; with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union.