7 Pleasures

Mette Ingvartsen

Australian Exclusive

Wed 18—Sun 22 Oct

Arts Centre Melbourne


A joyous yet, at times, disturbing journey in exploration of the notions of nudity, body politics and sexual practice.

Is pleasure selfish? Or can it transcend the individual?

As twelve dancers wearing nothing but what nature gave them join to form a single organism of ecstatic flesh, the distinction between bodies loses its certainty, and a journey in search of a pleasure beyond one's own skin begins.

Upending clichés of nudity, 7 Pleasures obliterates taboos in its fierce and uncompromising quest to reveal the sexuality inherent in all of nature. Stripping away preconceptions about the body and self, the animate and inanimate, it reveals how the barriers between us are as thin as skin.

Danish choreographer Mette Ingvartsen here confirms a position at the vanguard of contemporary dance with an explosive work of tactile chaos and revolutionary joy.

Learn more about the show before you go. Browse the house program →

Artist Talk 

Fri 20 October, post-show

Stay after the show for a free talk with the artists, facilitated by our Artistic Associate Gideon Obarzanek.

Concept, Choreography
Mette Ingvartsen
Sirah Foighel Brutmann (in Melbourne replaced by: Christine De Smedt), Johanna Chemnitz, Katja Dreyer, Elias Girod, Bruno Freire, Dolores Hulan, Ligia Lewis, Danny Neyman, Norbert Pape, Pontus Pettersson, Hagar Tenenbaum, Marie Ursin (permanently replaced by Gemma Higginbotham)
Ghyslaine Gau
Minna Tiikkainen
Music & Soundtrack
Peter Lenaerts, with music by Will Guthrie (Breaking Bones and Snake Eyes)
Mette Ingvartsen & Minna Tikkainen
Bojana Cvejic
Assistant Choreography
Manon Santkin
Assistant Light
Nadja Räikkä
Technical Director
Joachim Hupfer & Nadja Räikkä
Sound Technician
Adrien Gentizon
Company Management
Kerstin Schroth
Assistant Production
Manon Haase

A production of Mette Ingvartsen / Great Investment. Co-production: steirischer herbst festival (Graz), Kaaitheater (Brussels), HAU Hebbel am Ufer  (Berlin), Théatre National de Bretagne (Rennes), Festival d’Automne (Paris), Les Spectacles vivants – Centre Pompidou (Paris), PACT Zollverein (Essen), Dansens Hus (Oslo), Tanzquartier Wien (Vienna), Kunstencentrum BUDA (Kortrijk), BIT Teatergarasjen (Bergen), Dansehallerne (Copenhagen).

Funded by The Flemish Authorities, Hauptstadtkulturfonds (Berlin) and The Danish Arts Council.

The company wish to thank Musée de la Danse/Centre Chorégraphique National de Rennes et de Bretagne. A House on Fire co-production; with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union Research and residency supported by APAP; with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union.

PHOTO | Marc Coudrais