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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 been notified directly about limited ticket capacity and thus booking. Booking is still possible for all performances, and as always, it 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.

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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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Thank you to the funds for generously supporting OPENINGS.