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Mette Ingvartsen

Dansehallerne is more than thrilled to welcome home Mette Ingvartsen during OPENINGS, our new expansive festival for dance. OPENINGS is the first event in Dansehallerne’s brand-new home in the Carlsberg City District.   

RUSH is the Danish international star choreographer Mette Ingvartsen’s newest performance. A piece that talks about the pleasure of performing and a solo for Mette Ingvartsen’s long-standing collaborator, Manon Santkin. Together they revisit the unexpected stories that are to be found in between the ten of Mette’s creations that Manon has performed in. 

If you have ever seen the work of choreographer Mette Ingvartsen, you might also have come across Manon Santkin, a performer who graduated from P.A.R.T.S. together with Mette and, over the course of the past two decades, took part in ten of her creations. RUSH is a solo by Mette for Manon. It is a tribute to the act of performing, and a celebration of their intense and long-lasting collaboration. Together, they revisit materials and scores from past performances, while reshaping them through storytelling and narration. Out of this effort to ‘rewild’ their shared eco system, their actual artistic practice, emerges a surprising chronology, a rush of energy that reflects upon the pleasures of performing. 


OPENINGS is Dansehallerne’s new, expansive festival for dance. With the festival, we open up for top-class international performances and strong national talents. For a wide spectrum of dancing bodies: older bodies, smaller bodies, bodies of different shapes and colors. For the iconic and the surprising. For other perspectives. OPENINGS celebrates the joy of dance and makes dance accessible to everyone. 

Annual pass holders and members have limited ticket capacity and thus booking for OPENINGS. As always, ticket booking is on a first-come, first-served basis. 

About the artist: Mette Ingvartsen is a dancer and the most important Danish choreographer since Bournonville. Her work is characterized by hybridity and engages in extending choreographic practices by combining dance and movement with other domains such as visual arts, technology, language and theory. An important strand of her work was developed between 2009 and 2012 with The Artificial Nature Series, in which she focused on reconfiguring relations between human and non-human agency through choreography. By contrast her more recent series, The Red Pieces (2014-2017) inscribes itself into a history of human performance with a focus on nudity, sexuality and how the body historically has been a site for political struggles. In 2019, she premiered Moving in Concert, an abstract group choreography, that focuses on the interlacing between humans, technological tools and natural materials. The Life Work, an in situ project with elderly people in the Ruhr region and a new solo, The Dancing Public, inspired by a fascination for dancing manias throughout history, premiered in 2021. In 2023 Skatepark premiered, a large-scale performance for skaters, dancers and the local skatepark communities. And in the beginning of 2024, she presented RUSH, a solo performance for Manon Santkin that draws on 20 years of collaboration. Mette Ingvartsen holds a PhD in choreography from Stockholm’s University of the Arts and graduated prior to that from the performing arts school P.A.R.T.S in Brussels. She established her company in 2003 and her work has since then been shown throughout Europe, as well as in the U.S, Canada, South Korea, Taiwan and Australia. She has been artist in residence at the Kaaitheater in Brussels, Volksbühne in Berlin, as well as associated to the APAP network.

Press quotes: With RUSH, Manon Santkin primarily shows how few resources are needed to create an immersive theater experience. The only thing you really need is a stunning performer. And that is Santkin. – Fritz de Jong (Het Parool) Shaking bodies, vibrating bodies, sweaty bodies, bodies making connections with men, women, the floor, a table, themselves, the audience – this work is about fluidity, about blurring boundaries. Santkin’s female body is reduced to a form here, one that can be anything, a nudity freed from sexual connotations. And because this is a solo – all those bodies we are asked to imagine are, of course, not really there – RUSH is perhaps primarily about imagination and the unknown worlds that open up when you allow yourself to be seduced into a free, unprejudiced way of looking. – Shira Keller (NRC) In RUSH you experience something rare: how only one performer takes the audience along on a journey that is not only about memories of past performances but primarily about physical imagination. This is what has distinguished contemporary theater since the 20th century from everything that preceded it. – Pieter T’Jonck (Pzazz) Manon Santkin and Mette Ingvartsen look back on their years of collaboration as dancer and choreographer. The question of why exactly isn’t asked, but the joy is palpable in RUSH. Open and naked Santkin tells very literally about the things she once did, with small or large groups of performers, on another stage. Her nudity, coupled with the cited physical actions, is very different and more spectacular than usual. When Santkin, at the end of the performance, climbs naked among the audience for a moment, the viewer is completely engaged. – Fransien van der Putt (Theaterkrant) For an hour and a half, Santkin guides the audience through highlights from their oeuvre. With infectious enthusiasm, she portrays contrasting scenes, from sexualizing and anonymizing to brutalizing and activating bodies. She always manages to reignite the audience’s imagination, heading towards new excitement. Collective. And yet intimate. – Annette Embrechts & Mina Etemad (De Volksrant)

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Mette Ingvartsen






  • 3.917:00
  • 4.920:00


1 hour 30 minutes


Dansehallerne, Franciska Clausens Plads 27, 1799 København V


Concept and choreography: Mette Ingvartsen. With: Manon Santkin. Choreographic assistant: Thomas Bîrzan. Technical direction and lighting design: Hans Meijer. Sound technician and sound design: Milan Van Doren. Technician: Jan-Simon De Lille. Music: Will Guthrie, Peter Lenaerts, Gregorio Allegri, Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich, Benny Goodman. Management: Ruth Collier. Production and administration: Joey Ng. Communication: Jeroen Goffings. Production: Great Investment vzw. Co-production: STUK co-financed by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union in the frame of DANCE ON PASS ON DREAM ON, VIERNULVIER, Festival Montpellier Danse 2024, Tanzquartier Wien, Charleroi danse centre chorégraphique de Wallonie – Bruxelles, SPRING, CND Centre national de la danse, Perpodium. Great Investment is supported by The Flemish Authorities, Tax Shelter of the Belgian Federal Government, The Danish Arts Council & The Flemish Community Commission (VGC).

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