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Boris Charmatz

Dancer and choreographer Boris Charmatz, director of Terrain, submits dance to formal constraints that redefine the scope of its possibilities. The stage serves as a notebook where he can introduce concepts and concentrated organic forms, in order to observe the chemical reactions, intensities and tensions that result when they are brought into contact with one another.



From 2009 to 2018, Boris Charmatz was director of the Musée de la danse, Centre chorégraphique national de Rennes et de Bretagne. From Aatt enen tionon (1996) to 10000 gestes (2017), he directed a series of landmark pieces in parallel with his activities as a dancer and improviser (in particular with Médéric Collignon, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and Tino Sehgal). As associated artist for the 2011 edition of the Festival d’Avignon, Boris Charmatz produced Une école d’art and, in the Papal Palace courtyard, presented enfant, a piece for 26 children and 9 dancers, which was performed at Volksbühne Berlin in 2018 with a group of children from Berlin. As the guest of the MoMA (New York) in 2013, he produced Musée de la danse: Three Collective Gestures, a three-part project seen over a period of three weeks in the museum’s spaces. After an initial invitation in 2012, Boris Charmatz returned to the Tate Modern (London) in 2015 with If Tate Modern was Musée de la danse? Including new versions of the choreographic projects À bras-le-corps, Levée des conflits, manger, Roman Photo, expo zéro and 20 danseurs pour le XXe siècle. In the same year, he opened the dance season at the Paris Opera with 20 danseurs pour le XXe siècle and invited 20 dancers from the Ballet to perform solos of the 20th century in the public spaces of the Palais Garnier. In May 2015 in Rennes, he produced Fous de danse, an invitation to experience dance in all its forms from noon to midnight. This « choreographic assembly » bringing together professionals and amateurs was presented twice in Rennes (in 2016 and 2018) and also in Brest, Berlin and Paris (in 2017). Boris Charmatz was associated artist at the Volksbühne for the 2017-2018 season. He is the author of: entretenir/à propos d’une danse contemporaine (Centre national de la danse/ Les presses du réel/ 2003) with Isabelle Launay; « Je suis une école » (2009, Editions Les Prairies Ordinaires), recounting the adventure of Bocal; and EMAILS 2009-2010 (2013, ed. Les presses du réel in partnership with Musée de la danse) with Jérôme Bel. In 2017, in its Modern Dance collection, the MoMA (New York) published the monograph Boris Charmatz, edited by Ana Janevski, with contributions from several authors (Gilles Amalvi, Bojana Cvejić, Tim Etchells, Adrian Heathfield Catherine Wood, etc.)


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