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In the performative installation, memories inscribed in the bodies are brought back to life.

About the performance

Ticket notice:

To attend the performance, you need to book a ticket for the exhibition Global Groove, in the context of which The Life Work can be seen. The ticket link will take you to the booking via the Museum Folkwang website. Please note that the possible visiting days will be released in the shop on a weekly basis.

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The Danish choreographer Mette Ingvartsen invites us into a contemplative garden made of natural materials, voices and fleeting stories. It is located at the center of Global Groove, an exhibition that presents groundbreaking positions in 20th and 21st-century dance history by focusing on encounters between the east and the west.

In a darkened museum space, the visitor encounters a carefully composed spectrum of sensory, optical and acoustic impulses: the changing colors of lights, the shadows of a rotating tree, the fragile movements of a human body, or the remarkable connections between the stories told.

Four women, born in the 1930s and 1940s, who left behind their native country Japan decades ago to come live in Europe, look back at their lives and the broader social and political events that influenced them. They reflect on crucial decisions they made, on their relation to nature and to history, and the sometimes difficult question of social belonging.

On four weekends the women activate the museum installation with the presence of their bodies. Through a intimate choreography, the collective narratives that emerge out of their individual stories come to life.

Artist talk on Sat, August 14 at 5:15 p.m.: Ruhrtriennale dramaturge Judith Gerstenberg talks with Mette Ingvartsen about the choreographer's work. The conversation will take place in English. More info on the website of the Museum Folkwang.

Here you can find more information about the exhibition Global Groove at the Museum Folkwang.

From 24. September 2021 you can experience the artist Mette Ingvartsen herself on stage, when her new solo The Dancing Public will premiere at PACT Zollverein.

A project by Mette Ingvartsen / Great Investment
Coproduced as a commission by the Ruhrtriennale in collaboration with Museum Folkwang
Great Investment is funded by the Flemish Authorithies and The Danish Arts Council.

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© Katja Illner
The Life Work, Mette Ingvartsen
The Life Work, Mette Ingvartsen | © Katja Illner / Ruhrtriennale 2021
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© Katja Illner
The Life Work, Mette Ingvartsen
The Life Work, Mette Ingvartsen | © Katja Illner / Ruhrtriennale 2021

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