Archive NEXT 2012

The Artificial Nature Project

Mette Ingvartsen (Belgium / Denmark)

60 minutes

Thick fog, foam, air bubbles, confetti, sound and light. The Artificial Nature Project is the last of four pieces of work in which the Danish choreographer and dancer Mette Ingvartsen investigates phenomena and sensations of nature. She makes all sorts of material fly through the air, thus creating a glittering landscape that comes to life and changes constantly. In this way, dancers and onlookers find themselves now in complete darkness, then in a sandstorm or a cloud of insects and so on.

 The movement of Man is no longer at the core of this choreography. Things take over to a great extent. Man does control things, but for how long and to what extent ? With The Artificial Nature Project Mette Ingvartsen raises questions about natural phenomena and disasters.

What is the exact moment when Man loses control ?

 Mette Ingvartsen alternately works in Berlin and Brussels. In 2004 she graduated from the Brussels dancing school P.A.R.T.S. and already since 2002 she has been constructing an oeuvre of choreographies and performances that are both conceptual and very physical.

Concept and Choreography Mette Ingvartsen / Dance Franziska Aigner, Ehud Darash, Sidney Leoni, Martin Lervik, Maud Le Pladec, Guillem Mont De Palol, Manon Santkin, Christine De Smedt / Lighting Design Minna Tiikkainen / Sound DesignPeter Lenaerts / Technical Director Philippe Baste / Assistant Choreography/ProductionElise Simonet / Assistant lightMilka Timosaari / Production Management Kerstin Schroth / A production of Mette Ingvartsen and Great Investment / Co-production PACT Zollverein (Essen), Festival d’Automne à Paris, Les Spectacles vivants - Centre Pompidou (Paris), Théâtre National de Bretagne (Rennes), Kaaitheater with funds from the Imagine 2020 - Art & Climate Change (Brussels), Kunstencentrum BUDA (Kortrijk), apap / szene (Salzburg), Musée de la Danse/Centre Chorégraphique National de Rennes et de Bretagne / Funded byKunstrådet (Denmark), Hauptstadtkulturfonds (Berlin, Germany) and The Flemish Authorities / This project has been funded with support from the European Comission / With the support of Mokum