Mette Ingvartsen

Mette Ingvartsen
Manual Focus, 2003
Manual Focus, a photographic term, refers to the manual focusing of images - as opposed to auto-focus. With their naked bodies and old men's masks, the three performers in this visual piece bring out new images and create unknown creatures.

Faces are rotated 180°, arms become legs, top and bottom are reversed, front and back as well. And here are born animals with twelve legs, disorganized figures, chimeras. Through unexpected connections between naked and masked, artificial and real, young and old, human and animal, the bodies we know - identified, gendered, ordinary bodies - are transformed into monsters, fabulous and moving. They open the way to new glances, to the possibility that the banal becomes absolutely unexpected. But since monsters never become familiar, they disappear, merge into others, leaving it to our memory to reinvent them.
Lafayette Anticipations
Saturday 26 Sep 2020
from 02:30 pm to 02:55 pm
from 04:15 pm to 04:40 pm
from 06 pm to 06:25 pm
Sunday 27 Sep 2020
from 03:15 pm to 03:40 pm
from 05 pm to 05:25 pm

Mette Ingvartsen, Manual Focus © Martin Argyroglo
Echelle Humaine / Mette Ingvartsen, Manual Focus
Mette Ingvartsen, Manual Focus © Martin Argyroglo
Mette Ingvartsen, Manual Focus © Martin Argyroglo


Mette Ingvartsen is a Danish choreographer and dancer.
Her work is characterized by hybridity and is committed to extending choreographic practices by combining dance and movement with other fields such as visual art, technology, language and theory. Between 2009 and 2012, she creates "The Artificial Nature Series", in which she seeks to reconfigure, through choreography, the relationships between human and non-human. Three performances devoid of human presence were born: "Evaporated Landscapes" (2009), "The Extra Sensorial Garden" (2011), "The Light Forest" (2010). Her most recent series, "The Red Pieces" (2014-2017), is part of a history of performance that focuses on nudity, sexuality, and how the body has historically been a site of political struggle. It includes "69 Positions" (2014), "7 Pleasures" (2015), to come (extended) and "21 Pornographies" (2017). In 2019, she creates "Moving in Concert", an abstract group piece about the relationship between humans, technological tools and natural materials. Mette Ingvartsen is a graduate of P.A.R.T.S and Stockholm University of the Arts.