The Melbourne Festival offers up a joyous, provocative embrace of body politics, nudity and sexuality in society today.

Twelve naked dancers, bodies interwoven to form a single organism, move across the stage like molten lava. Later they engage in a playful “object orgy” as they explore the erotic properties of inanimate objects like a table and lamp in a spoof of sexualised advertising that uses desire as a marketing tool.

When Jonathan Holloway, Artistic Director of the Melbourne Festival, saw 7 Pleasuresin Zurich he found it “absolutely gob-smacking”. Describing it as “the single best piece of dance” he saw last year, he knew immediately that he wanted it in his 2017 programme.

Mette Ingvartsen Choreographer Mette Ingvartsen. Photo © Danny Willems

The work was created by Danish dancer/choreographer Mette Ingvartsen with the dancers. Now based in Belgium, Ingvartsen studied at PARTS, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s renowned dance school in Belgium – “that was a very important period” – and has been choreographing since 2002.

Premiered in Graz in 2015, 7 Pleasuresis part of an on-going series called The Red Piecesin which Ingvartsen explores issues around the body, sensuality, sexuality,...