Mette Ingvartsen is a Danish choreographer and dancer. From 1999 she studied in Amsterdam and Brussels where she in 2004 graduated from the performing arts school P.A.R.T.S. Her first performance Manual Focus(2003) was made while she was still studying. Since then she has instigated several research projects and made numerous performances, among others 50/50 (2004), to come (2005), Why We Love Action (2006), It’s in The Air (2008) GIANT CITY (2009) and All the way out there... (2011).
Questions of kinesthesia, perception, affect and sensation have been crucial to most of her work. Recently her interest has turned towards thinking choreography as an extended practice. Starting with evaporated landscapes in 2009, a performance for foam, fog, light and sound, this interest has led to a series of propositions that extend choreography into non-human materials.
In 2010 she worked on several site-specific propositions, also dealing with notions of artificial nature. The ExtraSensorial Garden was presented in Copenhagen and The Light Forestwas open to be visited during Szene Salzburg in July 2010 and 2011. Her latest work The Artificial Nature Project(2012) reintroduces the human performer into a network of connections between human and non-human actors. This work concludes the series on artificial nature.
Mette Ingvartsen is artist in residence at the Kaaitheater in Brussels from 2013 till 2016 where she has presented her work since 2004 and associated artist to the APAP network.
Besides her performance work she is engaged in research. Her practice involves writing, making, performing and documenting work. She teaches and gives workshops often related to developing methodologies within choreographic practices. Since 2005 she has been working on everybodys, an open ongoing collaborative project based on open source strategies, aiming at producing tools and games that can be used by artists to develop work. She works as an editor for everybodys publications.
In 2008 she participated in 6Months1Locationinitiated by Xavier Le Roy and Bojana Cvejic, confronting questions around education, structures of production and artistic exchange. During the 6 months she worked on the YouTube project Where is my Privacy, infiltrating and utilizing contemporary communication tools as a way to rethink choreographic production. As an extension of 6M1L she took part in organizing the festival Inpresentable 09 in Madrid, on an invitation by Juan Dominguez.
Mette Ingvartsen is currently doing a PhD in choreography at the University for Dance and Circus in Stockholm, Sweden. She is in this context researching the relationship between artist writing and artistic practice, using her own work and writing as a way to experiment with these relations.
She has worked as a performer with Jan Ritsema /Bojana Cvejic, Xavier Le Roy and Boris Charmatz.