Boris Charmatz / Musée de la danse
Dance|RENNES, PARIS Japan Premiere 3/26-3/27

  • Boris Charmatz / Musée de la danse, manger
photo: Beniamin Boar

    Boris Charmatz / Musée de la danse, manger
    photo: Beniamin Boar

  • Boris Charmatz / Musée de la danse, manger
photo: Beniamin Boar

    Boris Charmatz / Musée de la danse, manger
    photo: Beniamin Boar

The trailblazer of the French dance world scrutinizes the physical act of eating

Boris Charmatz took the contemporary dance world by storm when he won the prize for best dancer at the Bagnolet Festival International Choreography Competition at the age of 23. In 2011, he presented enfant as the associate artist of Festival d’Avignon, turning dance on its head to examine adult violence and desire through the often inert bodies of children. Appointed director of the Centre chorégraphique national de Rennes et de Bretagne in 2009, he created acclaimed projects in 2015 with If Tate Modern was Musée de la danse? a project that proposes a fictional transformation of the art museum via the prism of dance as well as with 20 dancers for the XX Century, a new version of the project with 20 dancers of the Ballet de l'Opéa performed in the public spaces of Palais Garnier in Paris. Charmatz continues to attract international attention for his pioneering work.

Premiered in Germany in 2014, manger derives its title from the French word for “eat.” Centering on the movement of the mouth, an aspect of the body that rarely plays an important part in dance, the bodies of the dancers are compelled to “perform” the primordial acts of eating, singing, breathing, and digesting. The dancers, aggressively chewing, swallowing, and masticating, seem almost to be digesting reality itself. Or is it rather an expression of religious prayer? Or a tableau or sound installation that uses the body? In the end, everything vanishes.


March 26(Sat) 17:00-*
27(Sun) 14:00-*

*Pre-performance talk

Regular seats not provided.

※Theater reception opens 1h prior to the performance


Kyoto Art Theater Shunjuza
(Kyoto University of Art and Design)

2-116, Uryuyama Kitashirakawa, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto

*From Kitaoji Station, Kyoto Municipal Subway, take No.204 City Bus bound for Ginkakuji and get off at Kamihatecho Kyoto Zokei Univ.


90 min. (Talk 30min. + Performance 60 min.)
Talk: in French with Japanese consecutive interpretation


Children under school age are not accepted into the theaters.
No entry after the performance starts.


Adult Adv. ¥3,500 / Day ¥4,000
Youth, Student Adv. ¥3,000 / Day ¥3,500
Senior Adv. ¥3,000 / Day ¥3,500
High School Student
and Younger
Adv. ¥1,000 / Day ¥1,000
Pair ¥6,500(Advance only)

Youth tickets → Up to 25
Senior tickets → 65 & Up
*Regular seats not provided.

Available from December 8, 2015, 11:00 a.m.