Boris Charmatz / terrain - © Tristram Kenton

© Tristram Kenton


15 Sat 19.00h 16 Sun 17.00h

RIVOLI Grand Auditorium

12.00€ • 1.00h • >12 

Boris Charmatz / terrain

10000 gestes

National premiere
Boris Charmatz / terrain - © Tristram Kenton

© Tristram Kenton

Boris Charmatz envisions a choreographic forest where no gesture is ever repeated, thus paying tribute to the very ephemeral nature of dance. A shower of movements that could’ve been generated by mathematical algorithms, but that has an artisanal approach here, based on the bodies of the performers. Each gesture is absolutely subjective, it is shown only once, and it vanishes after being executed. After taking over the São Bento da Vitória Monastery with “Manger” in 2016, the French choreographer who took the main hall at MoMA, in New York, and the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern, in London, by surprise with his Musée de la danse [Dance Museum], continues this project. “10000 gestes” [10000 Gestures] may be a part of the catalogue of this choreographic anti-museum when setting up an anti-collection, given that no choreographer would risk embrace so many gestures in his score, nor could this piece ever be understood any other way but based on his own idea. With no chance of being preserved, this unrepeatable gesture seems to reach the audience in a hypnotic and even meditative way. The visual chaos of a movement that is never completed by another creates the illusion of stillness. In this piece it is impossible to shake someone’s hand.

Boris Charmatz is a dancer and choreographer. He was the director of Musée de la danse [Dance Museum] / National Choreographic Centre of Rennes and Bretagne between 2009 and 2018, and is now the director of Terrain. He is the author of a series of landmark pieces, from “Aatt enen tionon” (1996) to “10000 gestes” [10000 Gestures] (2017), in addition to his activity as a performer. Invited to the MoMA in 2013, Boris Charmatz staged “Musée de la danse: Three Collective Gestures”, a three-part programme performed at the museum over the course of three weeks. Following an invitation in 2012, Boris Charmatz was once again hosted by Tate Modern in London, in 2015, where he presented “If Tate Modern Was Musée de la danse?” Charmatz is the author of several books, including “Entretenir: à propos d’une danse contemporaine” (Centre national de la danse / Les presses du réel, 2003), co-authored with Isabelle Launay, “Je suis une école” (Editions les Prairies Ordinaires, 2009), and “Emails 2009–2010” (Les presses du réel in partnership with Musée de la danse, 2013), co-authored with Jérôme Bel.


21 & 22 FEBRUARY
with Culturgest

26 & 27 FEBRUARY
with Teatros del Canal
  • Coreography 
    Boris Charmatz
    Performed by 
    Djino Alolo Sabin, Or Avishay, Régis Badel, Jessica Batut, Nadia Beugré, Alina Bilokon, Nuno Bizarro, Mathieu Burner, Ashley Chen, Konan Dayot, Olga Dukhovnaya, Sidonie Duret, Bryana Fritz, Julien Gallée-Ferré, Kerem Gelebek, Alexis Hedouin, Tatiana Julien, Samuel Lefeuvre, Noé Pellencin, Solène Wachter, Frank Willens
    Coreography assistant 
    Magali Caillet-Gajan 
    Yves Godin
    Jean-Paul Lespagnard 
    Vocal training 
    Dalila Khatir 
    General stage manager 
    Ludovic Losquin
    Sound technician 
    Olivier Renouf
    Mickaël Lecoq
    Production direction (2017) 
    Sandra Neuveut, Martina Hochmuth, Amélie-Anne Chapelain
    Production direction (2020) 
    Martina Hochmuth, Hélène Joly
    Production assistant 
    Florentine Busson, Elodie Vitrano
  • Sound material
    Requiem in D minor K.626 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791), performed by the Wiener Philharmoniker conducted by Herbert von Karajan and recorded at the Wiener Musikverein in 1986 (1987 Polydor International GmbH, Hamburg); field recordings by Mathieu Morel in Mayfield, Manchester
    terrain, Musée de la danse (2017)
    Boris Charmatz is an Associate Artist with Charleroi danse (Belgium) for three years, from 2018 to 2021 
    Co-produced by
    Volksbühne Berlin, Manchester International Festival (MIF), Théâtre National de Bretagne-Rennes, Festival d’Automne à Paris, Chaillot – Théâtre national de la Danse, Wiener Festwochen, Sadler’s Wells London, Taipei Performing Arts Center 
    Thanks to 
    Dimitri Chamblas, Julie Cunningham, Rémy Héritier, Fabrice Le Fur, Johanna-Elisa Lemke, Maud Le Pladec, Mani Mungai, Jolie Ngemi, Salka Ardal Rosengren, 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