Today, in these contactless times of social distancing, the topics of pleasure, nudity, sexual representation and circulation seem as relevant as ever. Reason enough to re-present an iconographic performance on these themes. We are constantly surrounded by images of sexual bodies. Commercials, the internet, cinema, magazines – all kinds of media expose the intimate and the erogenous. Flesh, fluids, skin, tits and asses no longer belong to the late hours in a dark joint somewhere around the corner, but to our daily life impressions. Whether in public spaces or behind closed bedroom doors, erotic images, texts and sounds influence the way we move. The option to switch off the stimulation of our bodily desires no longer exists. Pleasure has become a must.
to come (extended) explores indistinctions between private and public space with regard to sexual representation. In a performance that literally disrupts erotic orders, a group of 15 performers questions the notion of individual sexual freedom by working on orgiastic relations. The bodies of the performers merge into a collective group formation by making their surfaces indistinguishable from one another. Working directly on how bodies can physically connect, mechanisms of desire are rethought by experimenting with sexual, orgasmic and social expressions. The performance challenges the use of climactic and orgasmic structures in theatre by proposing extended states of pleasure, in which excitement is both excessively slowed down and energetically sped up. The enjoyment of abstract colours and shapes mixes with a sensation of rhythmic pulsing produced by sensual figures, while social structures come undone.
With The Red Pieces (2014–2017), the Danish choreographer Mette Ingvartsen created a series of performances dedicated to discourse around sexuality and its historical connections to the public sphere. The series culminates with to come (extended), a group choreography piece for 15 dancers, elaborating on cyclic choreographic principles developed by Ingvartsen in 2005. Proposing that sexual practice is not only intimate and private but also something that structures social and political interactions, the performance experiments with public and collective forms of pleasure.
Produced by Mette Ingvartsen and Great Investment.
Co-produced by Volksbühne, steirischer herbst festival, NEXT festival/ Kunstencentrum BUDA, Festival d'Automne, Les Spectacles vivants - Centre Pompidou, Dansehallerne, CCN2 - Centre chorégraphique national de Grenoble, Dansens Hus, SPRING Performing Arts Festival, NEXT festival / le phénix scène nationale Valenciennes pole européen de création.