Mette Ingvartsen (DE) is a Danish choreographer and dancer. From 1999 she studied in Amsterdam and Brussels where she in summer 2004 graduated from the performing arts school P.A.R.T.S. Since 2002 she has instigated several research projects and made numerous performances, among others Manual Focus (2003), 50/50 (2004), to come (2005) and Why We Love Action (2006). Her more recent work evolve around questions of perception and sensation including IT'S IN THE AIR (2008) a collaboration with Jefta van Dinther and with her latest two pieces GIANT CITY and Evaporated Landscapes (2009). Besides her performance work she is engaged in research and her practice involves writing, making, performing and documenting work. She teaches and gives workshops, often related to developing methodologies within choreographic practices. Since 2005 she has been working on everybodys, an open ongoing collaborative project based on open-source strategies, aiming at producing tools and games that can be used by artists to develop work. In 2008 she participated in 6 Months 1 Location initiated by Xavier Le Roy and Bojana Cvejic, confronting questions around education, structures of production and artistic exchange. During the 6 months she worked on the YouTube project Where is my Privacy, infiltrating and utilizing contemporary communication tools as a way to rethink choreographic production. As an extendsion of 6M1L she took part in organizing the festival In-presentable09 in Madrid, usually curated by Juan Dominguez and she edited a book documenting the project’s activities. She is part of the collective COCO’s who presented Breeding, Brains and Beauty (2008) and has collaborated with Jan Ritsema and Bojana Cvejic on several theater performances. In 2010 she works on several smaller site-specific events, dealing with notions of artificial nature.
Jefta van Dinther (SE/NL) is a choreographer and dancer living and working in Amsterdam and Berlin. He grew up in Sweden, whereafter he moved to the Netherlands and graduated from the Amsterdam School of the Arts (MTD) in 2003. His latest production Kneeding, a choreography for three men, premiered in Amsterdam in March 2010. In 2009 he made the quintet The Way Things Go, a slowly moving sculpture of cause and effect. Together with Mette Ingvartsen he created the performance IT’S IN THE AIR, previously shown at TQW. In collaboration with Bojana Cvejic, Mette Ingvartsen, Sandra Iche and Jan Ritsema (COCOs) he made the performance Breeding, Brains and Beauty. He has been engaged as a performer with various choreographers, among others: Keren Levi, Leine&Roebana, Pere Faura, Carolien Hermans, Inari Salmivaara, Mette Ingvartsen, Frederic Gies and Ivana Muller. During 2008/2009 he was one of the participants in the project 6 Months 1 Location (6M1L), an experiment in education, production and research at the choreographic centre of Montpellier. Together with the other participants of 6M1L he co-curated In-Presentable Festival 2009 in Madrid. He is currently working on the long-term project The Blanket Dance, in collaboration with DD Dorvillier and Frederic Gies, which includes both research and education and a performance that will premiere in February 2011. This summer he will also start a new project together with light-designer Minna Tiikkainen, during residency at WELD, Stockholm.