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They fly through the air and defy gravity, compete in trick contests, basketball matches and jam sessions, and race around the course of ramps and rails in countless laps. People from different communities come together in the skate park. Legend has it that skateboarding was born one day, when low waves forced surfers onto the asphalt of Los Angeles. Since then, skateboarding has evolved into a choreography of its own. Now, in our cities, skaters are conquering public space.

Together with skaters and dancers, Danish choreographer Mette Ingvartsen expands the current dance vocabulary to include kickflips, 180s and boardslides - a vivid reminder of her own youth, when she was a skater herself. The stage set was designed in collaboration with a skate park planner and transforms the indoor arena into a landscape of ramps and railings. The performance is far more than just a spectacle of virtuoso tricks. The physically challenging performance flirts with thrills, playfully pushes the boundaries of what is possible and creates a utopian community. Incidentally, a small skate park will be docked on the Kasernenplatz for the entire duration of the festival. Local skaters will also play a special role in the performance: the first scene of the performance belongs to them!

Flip the curtain - from the stage to the street. Who will land the best trick of the festival? After the first performance on August 31, there will be a contest at 8.30 p.m. in the skate park at the festival centre. You don't need to register, just turn up and deliver.

As a part of Theaterfestival Basel.

Duration: 80 minutes


Mette Ingvartsen is a Danish choreographer and dancer. From 1999 she studied in Amsterdam and Brussels where she in 2004 graduated from the performing arts school P.A.R.T.S. Her first performance Manual Focus (2003) was made while she was still studying. Her early pieces comprise among others of 50/50 (2004), to come (2005), It’s in The Air (2008) and GIANT CITY (2009) – performances questioning affect, perception and sensation in relation to bodily representation. Her work is characterized by hybridity and engages in extending choreographic practices by combining dance and movement with other domains such as visual art, technology, language and theory.


Concept & Choreography

Mette Ingvartsen


Damien Delsaux, Manuel Faust, Aline Boas, Mary Pop Wheels, Sam Gelis, Fouad Nafili, Júlia Rúbies Subirós, Thomas Bîrzan, Briek Neuckermans, Indreas Kifleyesus, Arthur Vannes, Camille Gecchele, Mathias Thiers and local skaters

Choreographic Assistant

Michaël Pomero

Sound Design

Anne van de Star and Peter Lenaerts

Light Design

Minna Tiikkainen


Bojana Cvejić


Jennifer Defays


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


Pierre Jambé/Antidote

Technical Design Set

Stéphane Thonnard

Construction Set

Construction workshop of Théâtre National Bruxelles: Joachim Pochet, Joachim Hesse, Pierre Jardon, Yves Philippaerts, Andrea Messana, Boyd Gates

Technical Direction

Hans Meijer

Sound Technicians

Milan Van Doren, Yrjänä Rankka, Filip Vilhelmsson

Light Technicians

Bennert Vancottem, Jan-Simon De Lille

Supervisor Kids

Billie Meeussen, Victor Perez Hernandez

Production and administration officer

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 Chaillot, deSingel, Kaaitheater & Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles, Kunstencentrum VIERNULVIER, Next Festival, Charleroi danse centre chorégraphique de Wallonie – Bruxelles, Theater Rotterdam, Perpodium

Supported by

Fondation d’entreprise Hermès, Wilhelm Hansen Fonden


Rosas, Charleroi danse centre chorégraphique de Wallonie – Bruxelles, deSingel

Great Investment is supported by

The Flemish Authorities, The Flemish Community Commission (VGC), Tax Shelter of the Belgian Federal Government & The Danish Arts Council

The guest performance is produced in cooperation with Mousonturm Frankfurt and Tanz im August / HAU Hebbel am Ufer.