The sexual utopias of the 1960s counterculture manifested in the performance art of the time through excess, nudity, ritualistic pleasure and political engagement. Mette Ingvartsen's 69 positions is a guided tour through archives of sexual performance art, a lecture made of texts, videos, images and performances, where Ingvartsen explores the potential of sexuality in the history of performance art and in her own works. What could be the radical, subversive sexuality of today?

The performance reconstructs the past relying on a cast of one woman, imagination, and the collective body of the audience. In Ingvartsen's performance, the naked woman is the authority, the guide and the transmitter of knowledge. The social reality of the guided tour proves how notions of sexuality are not merely part of the private sphere but created collectively. In 69 positions nudity is sensual and intimate; it bears ritualistic and political power.

The performance is part of Metter Ingvartsen's series of works where she explores unresolved issues relating to sexuality, nudity and the borderline between the public and the private sphere. The other instalments of the series are the ensemble piece 7 Pleasures (2015), to come (extended) (2017) and Ingvartsen's solo performance 21 pornographies (2017).


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Festival performance

Concept, choreography & performance Mette Ingvartsen
Light Nadja Räikkä
Set Virginie Mira
Sound Peter Lenaerts, with music by Will Guthrie (Breaking Bones)
Dramaturgy Bojana Cvejic
Technical director Nadja Räikkä
Sound technician Adrien Gentizon
Company Management Kerstin Schroth
A production of Mette Ingvartsen / Great Investment
Co-production apap / szene (Salzburg), Musée de la Danse/Centre Chorégraphique National de Rennes et de Bretagne, Kaaitheater (Brussels), PACT Zollverein (Essen), Les Spectacles vivants – Centre Pompidou (Paris), Kunstencentrum BUDA (Kortrijk), BIT Teatergarasjen (Bergen)
With the support of Théatre National de Bretagne (Rennes), Festival d’Automne à Paris, DOCH - University of dance and circus (Stockholm)
Funded by The Flemish Authorities & The Danish Arts Council.

This work programme has been funded with support from the European Commission.

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

Photo Virginie Mira

Duration 1 h 50 min

Tickets 31,00/25,00/16,50 €

STOA (Teatterisali)
Turunlinnantie 1, Itäkeskus