Rituals of Care
Mette Ingvartsen: evaporated landscapes
With evaporated landscapes, Mette Ingvartsen creates an artificial world that behaves according to rules of evaporation, dissolution and transformation. Departing from ephemeral materials and matters like light, sound, bubbles and foam the performance constructs landscapes of various kinds.
Some of the artificial landscapes resemble nature, as we know it from the past, others look more like futuristic inventions. In either case they produce sensations of calmness and rest but also fascination and surprise, impressions we normally attribute to the world of natural wonders. In evaporated landscapes, choreography no longer belongs to the organisation of bodies and their movements in space. Rather choreography is understood to be the relationship that operates between the ephemeral elements, as they magically float and dissolve into space. The movements that appear do not only show up in space but also within the bodies of the spectators due to the sensations and perceptions they encounter throughout the performance.
Mette Ingvartsen is a Danish choreographer and dancer whose work is characterised by hybridity. Since establishing her company in 2003, her work has been presented widely throughout Europe, as well as in the US, Canada, South Korea, Taiwan and Australia. In Berlin, Ingvartsen has been supported by HAU Hebbel am Ufer through the years.