Moving in Concert
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“Plasticity, in the wide sense of the word, means the possession of a structure weak enough to yield to an influence, but strong enough not to yield all at once. Organic matter, especially nervous tissue, seems endowed with a very extraordinary degree of plasticity of this sort…” — William James
In Moving in Concert, Mette Ingvartsen, together with nine dancers, creates a universe in which people, technology and organic matter coexist to create an abstract set of movements. Inspired by how bodies are sensorially affected by the digital, Ingvartsen explores a poetics of plasticity, abstraction and imagination. How can we understand technology as something that stays active in our bodies, even when all technical tools have been switched off? Playing masterfully with sensory perceptions and illusions, Moving in Concert invites the audience to immerse themselves in a mesmerising landscape of abstract movement, organic-technical bodies, light sculptures and colour sensations.
is a Danish choreographer and dancer. Her work is characterized by hybridity and engages in extending choreographic practices by combining dance and movement with other domains such as visual arts, technology, language and theory. An important strand of her work was developed between 2009 and 2012 with The Artificial Nature Series, in which she focused on reconfiguring relations between human and non-human agency through choreography.
By contrast her more recent series, The Red Pieces (2014–2017) inscribes itself into a history of human performance with a focus on nudity, sexuality and how the body historically has been a site for political struggles. In 2019, she premiered Moving in Concert, an abstract group choreography, that focuses on the interlacing between humans, technological tools and natural materials. Ingvartsen holds a PhD in choreography from Stockholm’s University of the Arts and graduated prior to that from the performing arts school P.A.R.T.S in Brussels. She established her company in 2003. Her work has since then been shown throughout Europe, as well as in the U.S, Canada, South Korea, Taiwan and Australia.