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Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles


Mette Ingvartsen

23 > 26.11.2023
Skateboarding was born in Los Angeles on a day when the waves were so weak that surfers were forced to ride the streets... Or so legend has it. 

In Skatepark, Danish dancer and choreographer Mette Ingvartsen questions contemporary dance as a social phenomenon. For her, movement cannot be disconnected from the world in which we live. With this in mind, she wanted to collaborate with performers who weren’t necessarily trained as dancers but who nevertheless execute virtuoso movements intensively. She gives skateboarding the status of an urban choreography aimed at reappropriating the public space.

Together with a group of skateboarders and dancers of all generations, the choreographer explores the speed and energy of movement on wheels – a physical memory from her own youth. In a breathtaking set with powerful yet subtle lighting, spectators will take great pleasure in watching these performers execute a range of fluid and vertiginous movements – like fast-moving tracking shots of snippets of life. The stuff of dreams.

Coproduction Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles 
Corealisation Kaaitheater, Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles

To complement the show, the Cinéma Palace will be screening Gus Van Sant's Paranoid Park on 27.11.2023 at 19:00.
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1hr 20


Grande salle


Concept, choregraphy
Mette Ingvartsen

Damien Delsaux
Manuel Faust
Aline Boas
Mary-Isabelle Laroche
Sam Gelis
Fouad Nafili
Júlia Rúbies Subirós
Thomas Bîrzan
Briek Neuckermans
Indreas Kifleyesus
Arthur Vannes
Camille Gecchele
et skateur·ses locau·les

Choreography assistant
Michaël Pomero

Sound design
Anne van de Star
Peter Lenaerts

Light design
Minna Tiikkainen

Felix Kubin
Mord Records
Why the eye
sonaBLAST! Records
The Fanny Pads
Restive Plaggona

Pierre Jambé

Technical design of the set
Stephane Thonnard

Set construction
Ateliers de construction Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles

Costume Design
Jennifer Defays

Bojana Cvejić

Technical Director
Hans Meijer

Sound operator
Milan Van Doren
Yrjana Rankka
Filip Vilhelmsson

Light operator
Bennert Vancottem
Jan-Simon De Lille

Management and production
Joey Ng

Oihana Azpillaga Camio

Jeroen Goffings

Ruth Collier

Great Investment vzw

La Danse en grande forme (CNDC - Angers, Malandain Ballet Biarritz, La Manufacture CDCN Nouvelle-Aquitaine Bordeaux La Rochelle, CCN de Caen en Normandie, L’échangeur - CDCN Hauts-de-France, CCN2 – Grenoble, La Briqueterie – CDCN du Val de Marne, CCN - Ballet national de Marseille, CCN de Nantes, CCN d’Orléans, Atelier de Paris / CDCN, Le Gymnase CDCN Roubaix - Hauts-de-France, La Place de La Danse - CDCN Toulouse – Occitanie, La MC2 - Grenoble), Ruhrtriennale, Wiener Festwochen & Tanzquartier Wien, La Villette, Théâtre de Chaillot, DE SINGEL, Kaaitheater, Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles, Kunstencentrum VIERNULVIER, Next Festival, Charleroi danse-Centre chorégraphique de Wallonie-Bruxelles, International Theatre Rotterdam, Perpodium

With support from
la Fondation d’entreprise Hermès, Wilhelm Hansen Fonden

Rosas, Charleroi danse-Centre chorégraphique de Wallonie – Bruxelles, DE SINGEL

With the support of
Autorités flamandes, la Commission communautaire flamande (VGC), Tax Shelter du Gouvernement fédéral belge, Conseil danois des arts

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