Presented by Arts House and RISING
Wed 1 – Sat 4 Jun, 2022
Wed – Fri, 9pm
Post-show Q&A with Mette Ingvartsen —
Sat 4 June, 6.50pm (approximate start)
Open discussion with 21 Pornographies‘ Mette Ingvartsen on the research, development and context of the work. Led by acclaimed choreographer and RISING board member Amrita Hepi (Bundjulung/Ngapuhi).
General Admission $50
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Restricted to audiences 18+
This performance contains nudity, child abuse references, simulated sexual acts, urination, smoke/haze, loud noises and strobe lighting.
3 Blackwood St
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Domination, submission and observation. A one-woman power play confronting pornography’s pervasive creep.
Pornography is a pervasive beast. Obviously there’s untold hours of filmed sex online, but more insidious incarnations too, from eroticised advertisements for household staples to sexually-degrading wartime torture.
In 21 pornographies, Danish choreographer Mette Ingvartsen embarks on a no-holds-barred, one woman exploration of power, submission and observation. Often bearing little connection to explicit sex, Ingvartsen’s performance evokes the clinical precision, violence and cruelty of pornography-as well as its thrill, titillation and banal humour.
On a stark, LED-lit set, Ingvartsen wields her physicality in choreographed vignettes, interspersed with bracing monologues on the nature of the pornographic. 21 pornographies is a visceral experience for both performer and audience.
Starting from the idea that pornography has leaked into many areas of society, Mette Ingvartsen explores the operations of the pornographic through a collection of erotic and affective materials. Most of them have little to do with explicit sex, yet they show some characteristics of the pornographic: expressions of cruelty, clinical precision, violence and pain, but sometimes also of laughter, excitement and thrill. By mixing physical action with narrative descriptions, a speculative choreography is created. The experiences that the viewer might undergo in this performance extend from imaginary to intense visceral sensations.
- Mette Ingvartsen
Lighting design: Minna Tiikkainen
Sound design: Peter Lenaerts
Set: Mette Ingvartsen & Minna Tiikkainen
Dramaturgy: Bojana Cvejic
Technical Director: Hans Meijer
Assistant choreography: Dolores Hulan
Assistants production: Manon Haase & Elisabeth Hirner
Sound technician: Filip Vilhelmsson
A production of Great Investment
Co-production: Volksbühne (Berlin), PACT Zollverein (Essen), Kaaitheater (Brussels), Kunstencentrum BUDA (Kortrijk), Les Spectacles vivants-Centre Pompidou (Paris), Dansehallerne (Copenhagen), BIT Teatergarasjen (Bergen), Julidans (Amsterdam), CCN2- Centre choregraphique national de Grenoble
Nanterre-Amandiers, Centre Dramatique National, Musee de la Danse/Centre Choregraphique National de Rennes et de Bretagne & Kustenwerkplaats Pianofabriek
Funded by The Flemish Authorities, The Flemish Community Commission (VGC) & The Danish Arts Council.
Image credit: Jens Sethzman
Image description: A woman kneels on a black stage wearing black pants and black boots with a black strap on their bicep. They have long brown hair tied up in a knot with a fringe and are shirtless. They are holding out their right arm as if they are yelling.