Projects and Performances

Moving Mysteries: a midwifery of embodied metaphor (2023)

Residency at Wainsgate Dances, Wainsgate Chapel, Hebden Bridge:

Development and research funded, with thanks, by Arts Council England

photo credits: Jack Wallington

photo credits: Amy Voris

Research time in studio. Amy Voris and myself.

As performer:

Moving In Concert by Mette Ingvartsen

Concept & Choreography: Mette Ingvartsen
Performers: Bruno Freire, Elias Girod, Gemma Higginbotham, Dolores Hulan, Jacob Ingram-Dodd, Anni Koskinen, Calixto Neto, Norbert Pape, Manon Santkin
Replacements: Hanna Hedman, Armin Hokmi, Thomas Bîrzan
Sound design: Peter Lenaerts
Lighting design: Minna Tiikkainen
Costume design: Jennifer Defays
Set design: Mette Ingvartsen & Minna Tiikkainen
Dramaturgy: Bojana Cvejic
Technical director: Hans Meijer
Assistant choreography: Christine De Smedt
Assistants production: Manon Haase & Joey Ng
Fascia Training: 
Anja Röttgerkamp
Sound technician: Filip Vilhelmsson
Company Management: Kerstin Schroth

A production of Great Investment vzw

Supported by: the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès within the framework of the New Settings Program

Co-production: Kaaitheater (Brussels), NEXT festival / Kunstencentrum BUDA (Kortrijk), Festival d’Automne (Paris), Les Spectacles vivants – Centre Pompidou (Paris), Dansehallerne (Copenhagen), HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin), PACT Zollverein (Essen), International Theater Amsterdam, Theater Rotterdam, Les Hivernales – CDCN (Avignon)

With the support of: Kustenwerkplaats Pianofabriek (Brussels) & STUK Arts Center (Leuven).

Funded by: The Flemish Authorities, The Danish Arts Council & The Flemish Community Commission (VGC)

Thank you to: Anna Persson

Symbiotic Morphologies in collaboration with visual artist, Daksha Patel (concept and editing) at the Life Science Museum, Kings Collage London.

To Come (extended) by Mette Ingvartsen

Concept & Choreography: Mette Ingvartsen
Performers: Johanna Chemnitz, Katja Dreyer, Bruno Freire, Bambam Frost , Ghyslaine Gau, Elias Girod, Gemma Higginbotham, Dolores Hulan, Jacob Ingram-Dodd , Anni Koskinen, Maia Means (permanently replacing Hagar Tenenbaum), Olivier Muller, Calixto Neto, Danny Neyman, Norbert Pape
Replacements: Thomas Bîrzan, Alberto Franceschini, Hanna Hedman, Julia Rubies, Manon Santkin, Clinton Stringer
Based on to come (2005) developed & performed by: Mette Ingvartsen, Naiara Mendioroz Azkarate, Manon Santkin, Jefta van Dinther, Gabor Varga
Lighting design: Jens Sethzman
Musical-Arrangements: Adrien Gentizon
Based on to come (2005) Musical-Arrangements by: Peter Lenaerts
Set: Mette Ingvartsen & Jens Sethzman
Blue suits: Jennifer Defays
Dramaturgy: Tom Engels
Lindy hop teachers: Jill De Muelenaere & Clinton Stringer
Technical director: Hans Meijer
Sound technician: Adrien Gentizon
Assistants production: Elisabeth Hirner & Manon Haase
Company Management: Kerstin Schroth

A production of Mette Ingvartsen / Great Investment

Co-production: Volksbühne (Berlin), steirischer herbst festival (Graz), NEXT festival / Kunstencentrum BUDA (Kortrijk), Festival d’Automne (Paris), Les Spectacles vivants – Centre Pompidou (Paris), Dansehallerne (Copenhagen), CCN2 – Centre chorégraphique national de Grenoble, Dansens Hus (Oslo), SPRING Performing Arts Festival (Utrecht), NEXT festival / le phénix scène nationale Valenciennes pole européen de création

Funded by: The Flemish Authorities & The Danish Arts Council

7 Pleasures by Mette Ingvartsen

Concept & Choreography: Mette Ingvartsen
Performers: Sirah Foighel Brutmann, Johanna Chemnitz, Katja Dreyer, Elias Girod, Bruno Freire, Dolores Hulan, Ligia Lewis, Danny Neyman, Norbert Pape, Pontus Pettersson, Hagar Tenenbaum, Marie Ursin (permanently replaced by Gemma Higginbotham)
Replacements: Ghyslaine Gau, Calixto Neto, Manon Santkin
Lighting design: Minna Tiikkainen
Music & Soundtrack: Peter Lenaerts, with music by Will Guthrie (Breaking Bones & Snake Eyes)
Set: Mette Ingvartsen & Minna Tiikkainen
Dramaturgy: Bojana Cvejic
Assistant choreography: Manon Santkin
Assistant production: Manon Haase
Assistant light: Nadja Räikkä
Technical director: Joachim Hupfer & Nadja Räikkä
Sound technician: Adrien Gentizon
Company Management: Kerstin Schroth

A production of Mette Ingvartsen / Great Investment

Co-production: steirischer herbst festival (Graz), Kaaitheater (Brussels), HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin), Théatre National de Bretagne (Rennes), Festival d’Automne (Paris), Les Spectacles vivants – Centre Pompidou (Paris), PACT Zollverein (Essen), Dansens Hus (Oslo), Tanzquartier Wien (Vienna), Kunstencentrum BUDA (Kortrijk), BIT Teatergarasjen (Bergen), Dansehallerne (Copenhagen)

Funded by: The Flemish Authorities, Hauptstadtkulturfonds (Germany) & The Danish Arts Council.

With the support of Musée de la Danse/Centre Chorégraphique National de Rennes et de Bretagne

A House on Fire co-production; with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union
Research and residency supported by APAP; with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union.

I/II/III/IIII by Kris Verdonck.

I/II/III/IIII is a theatrical installation originally created in 2007. Four ‘identical’ female dancers hang like marionettes in a huge ‘machine’. Together with them performance artist Kris Verdonck generated a choreography: a solo, a duet, a trio and a pas de quatre. They sought the greatest possible freedom from the machine, but sooner or later it sent them in the direction it decided upon.
The images evoked by I/II/III/IIII are confusing, many-layered and ambiguous: they remind us of the white birds in Swan Lake, of animal carcasses being dragged along, of hovering angels, falling human bodies and everything in between.


Concept & direction: Kris Verdonck
Dramaturgy: Marianne Van Kerkhoven
Dance: Natascha Dejong, Kim Amankwaa, Helena Volkov & Sophia Dinkel
Music: Stefaan Quix
Light design: Luc Schaltin
Costumes: Shampoo & Conditioner
Production: ICKAmsterdam, A Two Dogs Company

Involved in the original creation in 2007:
Annabelle Chambon, Claire Croizé, Alix Eynaudi, Gemma Higginbotham, Nikoleta Rafaelisova, Eveline Van Bauwel, Hendrik De Smedt, Serge Grootaert, Simon Salaert, Bart Verhaegen, Hans Luyten, Dirk Lauwers. In coproduction and with the support of: Kaaitheater (BE), Kunstencentrum Vooruit (BE), Buda Kunstencentrum (BE), the Flemish Authorities and the Flemish Community Commission.

D’or Kris Verdonck

His eyes are staring, his mouth is open, his wings are spread. This is how one pictures the angel of history. His face is turned toward the past. Where we perceive a chain of events, he sees one single catastrophe which keeps piling wreckage and hurls it in front of his feet. The angel would like to stay, awaken the dead, and make whole what has been smashed. But a storm is blowing in from Paradise; it has got caught in his wings with such a violence that the angel can no longer close them. The storm irresistibly propels him into the future to which his back is turned, while the pile of debris before him grows skyward. This storm is what we call progress. (Walter Benjamin, Angelus Novus )


concept, direction and sound Kris Verdonck
dramaturgy Marianne Van Kerkhoven (Kaaitheater)
with Gemma Higginbotham
camera Vincent Pinckaers
production Margarita production for stilllab vzw
coproduction Les Brigittines