The Dancing Public

Mette Ingvartsen
' A dance party, spoken word concert and an expression of physical craziness '

Dancing jitters, or the intensely felt urge to party. Don’t we all feel it in these pandemic-ridden times? But where does it come from, this extreme need for movement that we’re feeling?

In her solo The Dancing Public, Mette Ingvartsen dances the loneliness of the 2020 lockdown out of her system. A mix of unstoppable moves and an incessant stream of music, words, and singing, at hellish speed and to infernal rhythms. Mette invites her audience to join her in creating a truly ecstatic dance craze to rid ourselves of the stress caused by epidemics, natural disasters and poverty. Are you ready to get high on life again?

"This energizing evening brings back moments from human history when communities overcame the trauma of a major plague through the cleansing ritual of communal dance. Gradually, the audience is invited to participate in this ritual themselves." - Grzegorz Reske, artistic director SPRING

Podcast The Dancing Public (Engels)

Concept & Performance: Mette Ingvartsen
Lighting design: Minna Tiikkainen
Set design: Mette Ingvartsen & Minna Tiikkainen
Musical arrangements: Mette Ingvartsen & Anne van de Star
Costumes: Jennifer Defays
Dramaturgy: Bojana Cvejić
Technical direction: Hans Meijer
Sound Technician: Anne van de Star
Company management: Ruth Collier
Production & administration: Joey Ng
Music: Affkt feat. Sutja Gutierrez, Scanner, Radio Boy, LCC, VII Circle, Kangding Ray, Paula Temple, Ron Morelli, Valanx, Anne van de Star
A production of: Great Investment vzw
Supported by: the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès within the framework of the New Settings Program, Bikubenfonden.
Co-production: PACT Zollverein (Essen), Kaaitheater (Brussels), Festival d’Automne (Paris), Tanzquartier (Vienna), SPRING Performing Arts Festival (Utrecht), Kunstencentrum Vooruit (Ghent), Les Hivernalles (Avignon), Charleroi danse centre chorégraphique de Wallonie – Bruxelles, NEXT festival, Dansens Hus Oslo
With the support of: Kunstencentrum Buda (Kortrijk)
Funded by: The Flemish Authorities, The Danish Arts Council & The Flemish Community Commission (VGC)


13/05/2022 21:00 tickets sold out cancelled Waiting list

14/05/2022 22:00 tickets sold out cancelled Waiting list


€17,- / €14,-*


Voormalig Pieter Baan Centrum (Gansstraat 180)


SPRING 2022 


Duration: 70 minutes

Language: English 


Please note: concerns standing places, only a few seats available for people with walking difficulties. Performance contains strobe light and loud sound.

*online price, €2 addition at the Box Office


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