Boris Charmatz 10000 gestes
Following on from the unbridled orality of danse de nuit (2016), Boris Charmatz returns to the perception-based questions at the origin of his earlier work Levée des conflits (2010). In this dance utopia in which no gesture is ever repeated, he creates an uninterrupted torrent of gestures, interspersed with trembling and spasms. A sensory and choreographic challenge that saturates our perception space.
We can invent one gesture, two gestures or three gestures, no problem. But how on earth can we invent ten thousand gestures? By experimenting with the limits of what makes a gesture - what distinguishes the movement of an arm or a leg from another - Boris Charmatz once again subjects choreography to a frontier, signified, in the title, in the form of a challenge. What can a mass of bodies engaged in carrying out such a huge quantity of non-repeated gestures in an increasingly saturated playing space actually look like? A sculpture? A living installation? A ghost-like choreography? As in Levée des conflits, at the origin of 10 000 gestes is the horizon of a perception-based fantasy, namely that of creating a visual, almost subliminal illusion using the resources of choreographic art. The idea is to create a flowing form in which the performers are both more and less than the sum total of their bodies. They become atoms, subject to the laws acting upon them, a pure succession of states and variations of intensity. In this dance mirage, the profusion of bodies seeks to attain a state constant transformation, in which physical matter fights against its own dissolution. Amidst this ephemeral torrent racked with contractions, however, we encounter the desire to make a mark of some sort: of something which remains.
Running time: 1h
Choreography, Boris Charmatz
With Djino Alolo Sabin, Or Avishay, Régis Badel, Jessica Batut, Nadia Beugré, Alina Bilokon, Nuno Bizarro, Mathieu Burner, Ashley Chen, Olga Dukhovnaya, Sidonie Duret, Bryana Fritz, Kerem Gelebek, Alexis Hedouin, Rémy Héritier, Tatiana Julien, Samuel Lefeuvre, Johanna-Elisa Lemke, Noé Pellencin, Maud Le Pladec, Solene Wachter, Frank Willens
Assistant choreography, Magali Caillet-Gajan
Lighting, Yves Godin
Costumes, Jean-Paul Lespagnard
Vocal work, Dalila Khatir
Stage management, Fabrice Le Fur
Sound operator, Olivier Renouf
Make-up, Marion Regnier
Direction de production, Martina Hochmuth, Hélène Joly
Chargés de production, Florentine Busson, Briac Geffrault
Produced by terrain ; Musée de la danse – Centre chorégraphique national de Rennes et de Bretagne (2017)
Coproduced by Volksbühne (Berlin) ; Manchester International Festival (MIF) ; Théâtre National de Bretagne (Rennes) ; Wiener Festwochen ; Sadler’s Wells (London) ; Taipei Performing Arts Center ; Chaillot – Théâtre national de la Danse (Paris) ; and Festival d’Automne à Paris
In association with Chaillot – Théâtre national de la Danse ; and Festival d’Automne à Paris
Thanks to Salka Ardal Rosengre, Dimitri Chamblas, Amélie-Anne Chapelain, Julie Cunningham, Konan Dayot, Julien Gallée-Ferré, Mani Mungai, Jolie Ngemi, Sandra Neuveut, Marlène Saldana, Le Triangle – cité de la danse, Charleroi Danses - Centre chorégraphique de la Fédération Wallonie- Bruxelles, P.A.R.T.S., Archivio Alighiero Boetti and Fondazione Alighiero e Boetti; Chiara Oliveri Bertola / Castello di Rivoli Museo d'Arte Contemporanea
terrain receives support from the Ministère de la Culture – Direction Générale de la Création Artistique et la Région Hauts-de-France.
As part of its implantation in Hauts-de-France, terrain is associated with Opéra de Lille, Le phénix, scène nationale (Valenciennes) and the Maison de la Culture d'Amiens.
Boris Charmatz is accompanied by Charleroi danse – Centre Chorégraphique de la Fédération Wallonie-Brussels from 2018 to 2021.
First performed on the 14th September 2017 at the Volksbühne (Berlin)
In partnership with France Culture