Mette Ingvartsen

c) Jan Egil Kirkebø

GIANT CITY is a physical exploration of the mobility, change and transformation that contemporary bodies are confronted with in giant cities today. Cities are never just made of immobile buildings. Rather they are created by a flux of immaterial flows: flows of information, flows of people, flows of air, flows of money, flows of desire.  Immaterial architectures creating sceneries for people to move in, designing stages for bodies to act on. Actions and interactions, all part of constructing space.

GIANT CITY is a speculation about the effects immaterial flows and virtual spaces have on our bodies today.

The dancers perform a transformative sequence of rhythmic pulsations. While continuously moving, they imagine urban spaces, environments and situations in order to discover what their bodies can become in terms of sensation, intensity, speed and expression. They are not searching for a place to settle down but rather for a way of moving that can sustain and integrate an unaccountable number of changes. They are bodies in a constant state of transformation, adapting to the imaginary spaces that surround them. Can what they imagine be detected from the outside or can the expressions only be fulfilled by the imagination of the audience itself.

With GIANT CITY Mette Ingvartsen attempts to create an interface for the audience to participate in the construction of space and the effects it can have on physical movements.

city space
space interaction
memory space
space labyrinths
space ships
space landscapes
collective space
invisible space
space holes
color space
dance space
space transformation
3-dimensional space
space vibration
my space
space imagination
space exploration
expression space
out of space
(After George Perec)


Concept and Choreography: Mette Ingvartsen

Dance: Sirah Foighel Brutmann, Dolores Hulan, Mette Ingvartsen, Sidney Leoni, Guillem Mont De Palol, Chrysa Parkinson, Manon Santkin, Andros Zins-Browne

Lighting Design: Minna Tiikkainen

Sound Design and Dramaturgy: Gerald Kurdian

Technical director: Oded Huberman

Production Management: Kerstin Schroth

Co-production: steirischer herbst festival (Graz), Festival Baltoscandal (Rakvere), PACT Zollverein (Essen), HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin)
(With the support of the Départs / European Commission (Culture program)), Kaaitheater (Brussels).

Funded by: Haupstadtkulturfonds (Berlin, Germany) und Kunstrådet (Denmark)

Research supported by: LE CENTQUARTRE (Paris) and Musée de la Danse/Centre Chorégraphique National de Rennes et de Bretagne

Coproduced by NXTSTP, with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union

A production of Mette Ingvartsen / Great Investment


Premiered 2009 steirischer herbst festival, Graz