Thu 15.10.2009 07:00
It's in the air >> Jefta van Dinther and Mette Ingvartsen, Thursday 15th of October, 19.00h, MediathequeCo-production: PACT Zollverein (Essen), Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin), Kaaitheater (Brussels).
Funded by: Haupstadtkulturfonds (Berlin, Germany) and Kunstradet, Danish Arts Council (Denmark).
Supported by: Eurotramp (Germany), Les Brigittines (Brussels), Charleroi/Danses, Centre Chorégraphique de la Communauté Francaise de Belgique (Brussels), Ballhaus Naunynstraße (Berlin) and sommer.bar 2007 a project of Tanz im August (Berlin).
A production of: Mette Ingvartsen/Great Investment and Jefta van Dinther/Sure Basic
Performance presented with the support of: Netherlands Embassy Bucharest and Danish Arts Council (Denmark)
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.
Female and male bodies grow organically into body-machines, natural, yet against nature as a habit. They jump, bounce, flip, flop, ripple, slide, levitate, reverberate, shiver, rub, tick, explode …
Jefta van Dinther (Sweden/Netherlands) graduated in 2003 from the Amsterdam School of the Arts, MTD. He has been engaged as a performer with various choreographers, recently with Ivana Müller and Mette Ingvartsen. In collaboration with Bojana Cvejic, Mette Ingvartsen, Sandra Iche and Jan Ritsema (COCOs) he made the performance Breeding, Brains and Beauty. His most recent piece THE WAY THINGS GO premiered in February 2009. He is currently working on a new performance together with Frederic Gies and DD Dorvillier.
Mette Ingvartsen (Denmark/Belgium) studied in Amsterdam and Brussels where in summer 2004 she graduated from the performing arts school P.A.R.T.S. Since summer 2002 she has made several performance works among others Manual Focus, 50/50, to come and Why We Love Action. Her practice includes writing, making, performing and documenting work. Her most recent performance works are IT’S IN THE AIR (2008) a collaboration with Jefta van Dinther, the YouTube project Where is my privacy (2008/9) and GIANT CITY that had the premiere in October 2009 at steirischer herbst in Graz. In 2008 she participated in 6Months1Location (CCN Montpellier) confronting questions around education, structures of production and research within the performing arts.