Boris Charmatz / Musée de la danse
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. Director of the Musée de la dance / Centre chorégraphique national de Rennes et de Bretagne since 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’Opéra 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 “eating.” 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, 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 makes the use of body? In the end, everything vanishes.
- 2016 SPRING
- Kyoto Art Theater Shunjuza
- 90min. (Talk 30min. + Performance 60min.)
- Rennes, France
Dancer and choreographer, Boris Charmatz has created a series of memorable pieces, including Aatt enen tionon (1996) and manger (2014). He also continues to work as a performer and improviser. He has co-authored Undertraining / On A Contemporary Dance with Isabelle Launay and Emails 2009–2010 with Jérôme Bel, and is the author of Je suis une école, a book recounting the adventure of the project Bocal — a nomadic, ephemeral school. Artistic associate of the 2011 Festival d’Avignon, since 2009 Boris Charmatz has been the director of the Centre chorégraphique national de Rennes et de Bretagne, which he proposes to transform into a new kind of Museum of dance.
|Interpretated by||Or Avishay, Matthieu Barbin, Nuno Bizarro, Ashley Chen, Olga Dukhovnaya, Alix Eynaudi, Peggy Grelat-Dupont, Christophe Ives, Maud Le Pladec, Filipe Lourenço, Mark Lorimer, Mani A. Mungai, Marlène Saldana|
|Light technician||Fabrice Le Fur|
|Arrangements and vocal training||Dalila Khatir|
|Choreographic assistant||Thierry Micouin|
|General stage manager||Mathieu Morel|
|Production coordinator||Sandra Neuveut, Martina Hochmuth, Amélie-Anne Chapelain|
|Produced by||Musée de la danse, Centre chorégraphique national de Rennes et de Bretagne (directed: Boris Charmatz), The association receives grants from the Ministry of Culture and Communication (Regional Direction of Cultural Affairs / Brittany), the City of Rennes, the Regional Council of Brittany and Ille-et-Vilaine General Council., www.museedeladanse.org With the support of the Institut français|
|Co-produced by||Ruhrtriennale-International Festival of the Arts, Théâtre National de Bretagne-Rennes, Théâtre de la Ville and Festival d’Automne Paris, steirischer herbst Graz, Holland Festival Amsterdam, Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels), Künstlerhaus Mousonturm Frankfurt am Main Created at the Ruhrtriennale — International Festival of the Arts 2014|
|Voice traner||Masahiro Yamanaka|
|Costumes assistant||Haruka Itami|
|Supported by||the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan in the fiscal 2015 With the support of Ambassade de France/Institut français|
|Presented by||Kyoto Experiment, Kyoto Performing Arts Center at Kyoto University of Art and Design|