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7 Pleasures

Mette Ingvartsen

Denmark / France

Last season, the Danish dancer and choreographer Mette Ingvartsen created 69 positions , the first part of a cycle about sexuality and the relationship between ‘the politics of the body and social structures’.

In 7 Pleasures, she explores even notions of pleasure. Seven notions to be unfolded, experienced and imagined. Pleasures transforming bodies, contaminating matter and the environment. At the heart of Mette Ingvartsen's new creation, pleasure becomes a perceptual as much as a political question: How to generate and transmit other forms of pleasure than those choreographed by everyday life? How to explore pleasure's un-canniness, its points of connection with the inside, the outside - its social and subjective ramifications? How to use its joyful potential to disrupt cliché images attached to nudity and sexuality?

A group of 12 performers work on sensations and their representation. As a melting together of states, in a long sensual movement, explored through the skin, bodies touch, test, lose their borders. They vibrate, enter into contact and composition with the objects that surround them - forming unexpected constellations of variable geometries. Little by little a sensation unfolds where every aspect of pleasure is handled, stirred, returned in all its glory. A map of pleasure!

CONCEPT, CHOREOGRAPHY: Mette Ingvartsen, PERFORMERS: Sirah Foighel Brutmann, Johanna Chemnitz, Katja Dreyer, Elias Girod, Bruno Freire, Dolores Hulan, Ligia Manuela Lewis, Danny Neyman, Norbert Pape, Pontus Pettersson, Hagar Tenenbaum, Marie Ursin, REPLACEMENT: Ghyslaine Gau LIGHT Minna Tiikkainen, SOUND: Peter Lenaerts, DRAMATURGY: Bojana Cvejic, ASSISTANT CHOREOGRAPHY: Manon Santkin, ASSISTANT LIGHT: Nadja Räikkä, TECHNICAL DIRECTOR: Joachim Hupfer, SOUND TECHNICIAN: Adrien Gentizon, PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT: Kerstin Schroth, ASSISTANT PRODUCTION: Manon Haase, A PRODUCTION OF: Mette Ingvartsen / Great Investment, CO-PRODUCTION: steirischer herbst festival (Graz), Kaaitheater (Brussels), HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin), Festival d’Automne (Paris), Les Spectacles vivants – Centre Pompidou (Paris), Théatre National de Bretagne (Rennes), PACT Zollverein (Essen), Dansens Hus (Oslo), Tanzquartier Wien (Vienna), Kunstencentrum BUDA (Kortrijk), BIT Teatergarasjen (Bergen), Dansehallerne (Copenhagen), WITH THE SUPPORT OF: Musée de la Danse/Centre Chorégraphique National de Rennes et de Bretagne FUNDED BY The Flemish Authorities, Hauptstadtkulturfonds (Berlin) & The Danish ArtsCouncil / A House on Fire co-production; with the support of the Culture Programme of the European

Duration: 90 min

Location: Kortrijk - Budascoop