3 REASONS NOT TO MISS THIS SHOW:
1. No spoilers – but the ending is epic. And not what you’d expect.
2. Bust out your Foucault before you get here. This is part of Ingvartsen’s ongoing series, the “Red Pieces,” that all focus on sexuality – “not as an autonomous field of expression – but as something that directly permeates into other areas of the social and political sphere.”
3. You’ll never look at Blue Man Group the same way again. Or Avatar. Or the Smurfs.
With wit and sensuality, political sensitivity and great candor, the U.S. premiere of to come (extended) explores indistinctions between private and public space in regard to sexual representation. Working directly on how bodies can physically connect, Ingvartsen invites us to rethink the mechanisms of desire and question the notion of individual sexual freedom as she experiments with sexual, orgasmic, and social expressions.
In this sculptural performance, the bodies of 15 performers merge into a collective group formation, making their surfaces indistinguishable from one another. Continually speeding up and slowing down, they convey the throb of our intimate desires: a diffracted form of ecstasy from which ambiguous states of excitement and pleasure might emerge.
Ingvartsen’s work is “admirably ambitious, audacious.” — The New York Times
This performance contains nudity and mature themes. Appropriate for ages 18+.
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 projects that have been seen around the world. Her works include 21 pornographies, to come (extended), 69 positions, The Artificial Nature Project, The Extra Sensorial Garden, and many more. Mette was artist-in-residence at the KAAITHEATER in Brussels from 2013 till 2016 and has been part of the artistic team at Volksbühne in Berlin since 2017. She teaches and gives workshops often related to developing methodologies within choreographic practices. Since 2005 she has been working on “everybodys,” an ongoing collaborative project based on open source strategies, aiming at producing tools and games that can be used by artists to develop work. metteingvartsen.net
Skirball Moves programming is made possible in part with support from the Mertz Gilmore Foundation and the Harkness Foundation for Dance.