Mette Ingvartsen, Manual Focus, 2003

Mette Ingvartsen, Manual Focus, 2003

Photo: Peter Lenarts

Choreographic proposition 2
Rituals of Care

Mette Ingvartsen: Manual Focus

Manual Focus is turning faces 180°, arms and legs upside down and swapping the front with the backside of the body. Exchanging bodies from animals to disorganised creatures, to headless humans and other unnamed categories.

Admission is free; however, due to limited capacity, for the admission to the performance a free ticket is required, which is available on the day of the event at the Gropius Bau ticket office. Only two tickets per person per performance.

This performance contains nudity.

Masks of old men’s faces on the back of the head of three nude women transform them into a 12-legged organism, crossing out their identity by covering their real face with the artificiality of a mask. It is not the monster in itself but rather the monstrous connections between nude/masked, artificial/real, male/female that produces an unfamiliar gaze at the bodies we already know. Here, monsters are not a species that you can get familiar with, they disappear and slip away unfocused.

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 Hebbel am Ufer / HAU through the years.

Created and performed by Manon Santkin, Kajsa Sandström and Mette Ingvartsen
Produced at: P.A.R.T.S. (Brussels), 2003; Premiered in 2003 at Mousonturm, Frankfurt
Thanks to Bojana Cvejić and Peter Lenaerts