In 21 Pornographies Mette Ingvartsen starts with the idea of pornography, the mechanisms of which permeate the economy, entertainment, the news cycle and warfare. Ingvartsen focuses our gaze on how pleasure and cruelty intertwine, while simultaneously highlighting the connections between power, violence, sexual desire and passion. The exaggeration, repetition and taboos are also what make pornography absurd, and release its sometimes comic and emancipatory potential.

21 Pornographies is a speculative choreography created using language. Ingvartsen's narrator describes and paints elaborate, detailed fantasies, assumes physical positions as part of them, demonstrates them, becomes integrated in them, opposes them and distances herself from them again. Through alliance of words and organic sensitivity, the audience is given an opportunity for fantasies that are no longer controlled by the performer. Images of desire are constructed in a transparent way while simultaneously playing with their manipulative power.

The performance is part of Ingvartsen's series of works where she explores unresolved issues relating to nudity, sexuality and the borderline between the public and the private sphere. The previous instalments of the series were 69 Positions (2014) and the ensemble piece 7 Pleasures (2015).



Festival performance

Concept, choreography & performance Mette Ingvartsen

Light 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 Adrien Gentizon
Company Management Kerstin Schroth

A production of Great Investment

Co-production Volksbühne (Berlin), PACT Zollverein (Essen), Kaaitheater (Brussels), NEXT festival / Kunstencentrum BUDA (Kortrijk), Les Spectacles vivants – Centre Pompidou (Paris), Dansehallerne (Copenhagen), BIT Teatergarasjen (Bergen), Julidans (Amsterdam), CCN2 - Centre chorégraphique national de Grenoble
With the support of Nanterre-Amandiers, Centre Dramatique National, Musée de la Danse/ Centre Chorégraphique National de Rennes et de Bretagne & Kustenwerkplaats Pianofabriek
Funded by The Flemish Authorities, The Flemish Community Commission (VGC) & The Danish Arts Council.

Photo Marc Domage

Mette Ingvartsen's visit is supported by Statens Kunstfond in Denmark.

Duration 75 min

Tickets 31,00/25,00/16,50 €

STOA (Teatterisali)
Turunlinnantie 1, Itäkeskus