*69 positions*, 2016, at MoMA PS1 as part of VW Sunday Sessions. © 2016 MoMA PS1, New York. Photo: Virginie Mira

Excess, nudity, orgy eroticism, ritualistic pleasure, audience participation and political engagement, all expressions of the sexual utopia particular to the counterculture and experimental performances of the 60’s. This guided tour through an archive of sexual performances, serves as a filter for Mette Ingvartsen to explore unresolved issues about sexuality in contemporary practices today. In doing so, her body turns into a field of physical experimentation and uncanny sexual practices emerge in relation to the environment that surrounds her. 69 positions leads visitors through a space with performances, books, films, texts and images brought alive through movement and speech in order to experience the connection between the intimate sphere and public space.

A solo for 65 spectators by & with Mette Ingvartsen.
Duration: 105min
The audience is on stage with the performer and allowed to freely move around. Sometimes they can sit on the floor. Please note, that there are no chairs in the space.

Concept, Choreography & Performance: Mette Ingvartsen
Light: Nadja Räikkä
Set: Virginie Mira
Sound: Peter Lenaerts, with music by Will Guthrie (Breaking Bones)
Dramaturgy Bojana Cvejic
Technical director: Nadja Räikkä / Joachim Hupfer
Sound technician: Adrien Gentizon
Company Management: Kerstin Schroth

MoMA PS1’s acclaimed VW Sunday Sessions performance series welcomes visitors to experience and participate in live art. Since its founding in 1976, MoMA PS1 has offered audiences one of the most extensive programs of live performance in the world. VW Sunday Sessions highlights artists responding to contemporary social and political issues through a wide variety of creative and critical lenses. Encompassing performance, music, dance, conversation, and film, the series develops and presents projects by established and emerging artists, scholars, activists, and other cultural instigators. With a focus on artists that blur and break traditional genre boundaries, VW Sunday Sessions embraces the communities in New York City that create and sustain artistic practice.

Since 2012, VW Sunday Sessions has presented a commissioning program resulting in new work by Trajal Harrell, Mårten Spångberg, Anne Imhof, Tobias Madison and Matthew Lutz Kinoy, Hannah Black, and Colin Self. Additionally, the VW Dome Artist Residency offers a platform for creative development and experimentation for artists at all stages of the creative process.

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Sunday Sessions is organized by Jenny Schlenzka, Associate Curator, with Alex Sloane, Curatorial Assistant; Rosey Selig-Addiss, Associate Producer and Lucy Lie, Production Assistant.

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Sunday Sessions and the VW Dome at MoMA PS1 are made possible by a partnership with Volkswagen of America.

69 positions at MoMA PS1 is presented with special thanks to The Danish Arts Council.

Mette Ingvartsen gratefully acknowledges apap / szene (Salzburg), Musée de la Danse/Centre Chorégraphique National de Rennes et de Bretagne, Kaaitheater (Brussels), PACT Zollverein (Essen), Les Spectacles vivants – Centre Pompidou (Paris), Kunstencentrum BUDA (Kortrijk), BIT Teatergarasjen (Bergen)

69 positions was originally created through the support of Théatre National de Bretagne (Rennes), Festival d’Automne à Paris, DOCH – University of dance and circus (Stockholm), The Flemish Authorities & The Danish Arts Council and the European Commission.

  1. Sunday, January 17, 2016,
    3:006:00 p.m.

    MoMA PS1
  2. Saturday, January 16, 2016,
    3:006:00 p.m.

    MoMA PS1
  3. Friday, January 15, 2016,
    3:006:00 p.m.

    MoMA PS1
This performance is part of VW Sunday Sessions.