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Duration: 75 minutes, no intermission
Performance without seats. The audience is distributed standing in the room.
Spoken language: English, text available in English, French and German
Age recommendation: 14+ (The company recommends this age to understand the text and content of the show).
Content warnings: Strobe lighting effects, loud music


Raucous crowds, convulsing bodies, ecstatic euphoria: so-called “dance crazes” occur throughout European history and belong to one of the most curious human phenomena of all: relentless dancing that spilled over into mass movements over the course of days and months, filled the streets, and ended in complete exhaustion and even death. Many explanations for this dance mania have been proffered over the centuries, including possession by evil spirits and the medical invention of hysteria (at the time exclusively diagnosed in women)

Each craze has the same pathology: it begins with a single body and infects others with unprecedented speed. The contagiousness of the phenomenon confirmed suspicions that it was an uncurable disease even though no distinctive cause was ever discovered. To this day dance mania remains unexplained.

Inspired by these events Danish artist Mette Ingvartsen explores collective ecstasy in the post-pandemic era.

Her solo fills the room with stories, electronic music, and jerking movements. In contrast to a classical setting, the audience finds itself in the middle of the action: Ingvartsen moves through the crowd as if she were dancing in a public space or lost in the rapture of an endless rave.

“The Dancing Public” is an invitation to feel the mania in your own body. The collective flow, the pull of its current, turns the evening into a mixture of dance fest, spoken-word concert, and exuberant party.

Simply put: “The Dancing Public” deals with dance mania. Many years ago, people danced in the streets without reason and without stopping. In the piece one dancer dances through the audience. There are no chairs. The audience is allowed to dance themselves.

Mette Ingvarsten


Concept and performance: Mette Ingvartsen
Light: Minna Tiikkainen
Scenography: Mette Ingvartsen, Minna Tiikkainen
Music arrangement: Mette Ingvartsen, Anne van de Star
Music: Affkt feat. Sutja Gutierrez, Scanner, Radio Boy, LCC, VII Circle, Kangding Ray, Paula Temple, Ron Morelli, Valanx, Anne van de Star
Costumes: Jennifer Defays
Dramaturgy: Bojana Cvejić
French translation: Gilles Amalvi
Technical direction: Hans Meijer
Sound: Anne van de Star
Company Management: Ruth Collier
Production and administration: Joey Ng

Great Investment vzw
Co-production: PACT Zollverein (Essen), Kaaitheater (Brüssel), Festival d’Automne (Paris), Tanzquartier (Wien), SPRING Performing Arts Festival (Utrecht), Kunstencentrum Vooruit (Gent), Les Hivernales – Centre de Développement Chorégraphique National d’Avignon, Charleroi danse centre chorégraphique de Wallonie – Bruxelles, Next festival, Dansens Hus Oslo
With the support of: Fondation d’entreprise Hermès im Rahmen des New Settings Program, Bikubenfonden; Kunstencentrum Buda (Kortrijk)
Funded by: The Flemish Authorities, The Danish Arts Council & The Flemish Community Commission (VGC)

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