With this choreographic project, Boris Charmatz proposes a specific format and challenges the viewing conventions governing the art of choreography: the performance hall, the relationship between the stage and the performers, the being-together. “héâtre-élévision” is a filmed choreographic work broadcast on a TV screen integrated into an installation intended for a single viewer. From the stage to the TV screen, from being-together to the individual, from the live performance to the image, this work calls on the notion of installation as used in contemporary art and visual arts. To watch this televised “performance,” the viewer reclines on a bench and comes face-to-face with a multitude of dancers gesticulating in the image. The film is neither linear nor narrative, but it contains different forms of theatricality, absurd dances, mysterious spaces which are woven together, without ever creating a single meaning. Filmed at La Chaufferie de Saint-Denis, a former power plant, this film loop displays bodies constrained by space, by rhythm and facial expressions, forms of choreographic contortion which generate a certain feeling of estrangement.
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Source : Boris Charmatz
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Born in Chambéry (France), on January 3, 1973
After studying at the Ecole de Danse de l'Opéra de Paris and at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Lyon, Boris Charmatz was engaged by Régine Chopinot to dance Ana (1990) and Saint-Georges (1991). In 1992, he was asked by Odile Duboc to join her company Contrejour to dance 7 jours/7 villes (1992), Projet de la matière (1993) and Trois Boléros (1996). He also took part in the premiere of K de E, choreographed by Olivia Grandville and Xavier Marchand (1993).
In 1992, he co-founded edna association with Dimitri Chamblas. Following the premieres of works the pair choreographed together À bras-le-corps (1993) and Les Disparates (1994), Charmatz began creating his own works: Aatt enen tionon (1996), a vertical piece for three dancers, herses (une lente introduction) (1997), a piece for five dancers and a cellist set to music by Helmut Lachenmann. In 1999, he choreographed Con forts fleuve (1999), a group piece performed to texts by John Giorno and musics by Otomo Yoshihide. In 2002, he premiered héâtre-élévision, a provocative installation piece influenced by russian Matryoshka nesting dolls that was designed to be seen by one spectator at a time. In 2006, he premiered régi, a performance with Julia Cima, Raimund Hoghe and himself, as well as Quintette Cercle (2006), a live version of héâtre-élévision. La danseuse malade (2008) performed by Jeanne Balibar and Boris Charmatz, was inspired by the texts of Tatsumi Hijikata, founder of butoh dance. One of his latest works, 50 years of dance (2009), is performed by former dancers of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. Conceived like a choreographic flip-book, it takes the book “Merce Cunningham, Fifty Years” by David Vaughan as its score. Roman Photo (2009) is the version for non-dancers, students and amateurs and Flip Book (2009) the one for professional dancers. Levée des conflits (2010) is a performance for 24 dancers and 25 mouvements. Associate artist of the 2011 Festival d'Avignon, Boris Charmatz creates at the Cour d'Honneur of the Pope's Palace enfant, a piece for 26 children, 9 dancers and 3 machines.
Since 1997, in collaboration with Angèle Le Grand, he developed varied projects within the association edna. The purpose of such propositions was to create a space open to multiple experiments: thematic sessions, production of films (Les Disparates by César Vayssié, Horace Benedict by Dimitri Chamblas and Aldo Lee, Une lente introduction by Boris Charmatz), Hors-série programmes proposed by the edna team (La chaise and Visitations by Julia Cima, Jachères by Vincent Dupont), production of installations (Programme court avec essorage), organisation of exhibitions (Complexe, Statuts), and trans-media projects (Ouvrée - artistes en alpages, Entraînements-série d'actions artistiques, Facultés, Education).
While maintaining an extensive touring schedule, he also participates in improvisational events on a regular basis (recently with Saul Williams, Archie Shepp and Han Bennink) and continues to pursue his performing career (with Odile Duboc for Projet de la Matière and Trois boléros, as part of the piece d'un Faune (éclats) by the Albrecht Knust Quartet and with Fanny de Chaillé for Underwear), to name a few.
From 2002 to 2004, while an artist-in-residence at the Centre national de la danse in Pantin and driven by the idea of exploring the theme of education in depth, he developped the Bocal project, a nomadic and ephemeral school that brought together students from different backgrounds. He was visiting professor at Berlin's Universität der Künste, where he contributed to the creation of a new dance curriculum which was installed in 2007.
He is the co-author of a book with Isabelle Launay: Entretenir / à propos d'une danse contemporaine (published jointly by the Centre National de la Danse and Les Presses du Réel) published in English in 2011 under the title undertraining / On A Contemporary Dance (Ed. Les Presses du Réel). Boris Charmatz is also the author of “Je suis une école” (2009, Ed. Les Prairies ordinaires) related to the adventure Bocal.
Director since 2009 of the Rennes and Britanny National Choreographic Centre, Boris Charmatz proposes to transform it into a Dancing Museum of a new kind. A manifesto is at the origin of this museum, which has received, amongst others, the projects préfiguration, expo zéro, rebutoh, service commandé (on commission), brouillon (rough draft), Jérôme Bel en 3 sec. 30 sec. 3 min. 30 min et 3 h., Petit Musée de la danse, « Rétrospective » par Xavier Le Roy and has travelled to Saint Nazaire, Singapore, Utrecht, Avignon and New York.
He creates the piece manger at the Ruhrtriennale in Germany on September 23rd, 2014, danse de nuit as part of the Built-Festival of Geneva in 2016, then 10 000 gestes in 2017 at the Volksbühne of Berlin.
Source : Boris Charmatz’s website
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César Vayssié produces films and performances. At the intersection of visual arts and dance, his work sidesteps all classification. His artist status is emblematic of a work permanently trying to find itself, starting from intra and extra cinematographic influences. After graduating from Beaux-Arts (art school), he joined the Académie de France-Villa Medici in Rome as a filmmaker. Alongside UFE(UNFILMÉVÈNEMENT), he created UFE performance at MuCEM - Actoral 15. During FIAC 2016 in Paris Vayssié premiered his piece COPROUDUCTION a series of improvised duets with experienced performers.
Source : César Vayssié
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Musée de la danse
At the bounds of the museum, place of conservation, dance, art of movement, and choreographic center, place of production and residence, le Musée de la danse is a space to think, practice and expand the boundaries of the dance. If it's registered in Rennes, it's also a nomadic idea. Directed by the choreographer Boris Charmatz, this laboratory-institution explores the possibilities of crossing between exhibition, performative gesture and articulation of a speech. Workshops, debates, shows, residencies of artists and researchers; offbeat proposals and fantasy collections are born directly from a reflection on what could be this playful and hybrid museum.
The CCN of Rennes and Brittany, renamed the Museum of Dance by Boris Charmatz, was directed by Gigi Caciuleanu until 1993, by Catherine Diverrès and Bernardo Montet until 1996, then by Catherine Diverrès alone until 2008. Since 2009, Boris Charmatz ensures his direction. From January 2019, the collective FAIR[E] will take over. The collective is composed of Bouside Aït-Atmane, Iffra Dia, Johanna Faye, Céline Gallet, Linda Hayford, Saïdo Lehlouh, Marion Poupinet and Ousmane Sy.
The Museum of Dance / National Choreographic Center of Rennes and Brittany is an association subsidized by the Ministry of Culture and Communication (DRAC Bretagne), the City of Rennes, the Regional Council of Brittany and the County Council of Ille et-Vilaine.
The Dance Museum is part of the Association of National Choreographic Centers.
More information : www.museedeladanse.org
Artistic direction assistance / Conception
Nuno Bizarro, Boris Charmatz, Julia Cima, Benoît Lachambre, Mathilde Lapostolle, Myriam Lebreton, Philippe Bailleul
Galina Ustvolskaya : Composition n°1, Dona Nobis Pacem (1970 / 1971), Philippe Bailleul
Olivier Renouf, Claire Thiébault
Figurants : Silvia Allroggen, Clotilde Amprimoz, René Arnold, Jean-Baptiste Audolleut, Elisabeth Bardin, Olivier Benoit, Lise Bilien, Suzanne Bodak, Claire Bottéro, Stéphane Bottéro, Hélène Bouquin, Judith Cahen, Eve Cavaciuti, Sarah Clenet, Anne Collod, Emilie Combet, Sophie Couineau, Agnès Dahan, Lionel Dejean, François-Xavier Delarue, Blandine Delcroix, Eve Delugeau, Cyril Desclés, Makissa Diabate, Henri-Emmanuel Doublier, Damien Dreux, Isabelle Droin, Vincent Druguet, Chloé Dutilh, Anne Duval, Hélène Exbrayat, Cerise Farthouat, Catherine Fontana, Hideaki Fuwa, Mélanie Gambie, Anne Gerschel, Mireille Guimbretière, Florian Goetz, Camilla Gotta, Antoine Grospiron, Célia Houdart, Julie Jameron, Bruno Joliet, William Jouve, Katerina Kanelli, Matthieu Kavyrchine, Dalila Khatir, Nicole Klein, Céline Kraus, Joris Lacoste, Isabelle Launay, Aude Lavigne, Goulnara et Xavier Le Torrivellec, Sophie Lecomte Berrué, Johanna Levy, Marina Ligeron, Axelle Locatelli, Emna M'Rabet, Ange Macias, Laure Massias, Mathilde Mazaud, Patrick Mazeirat, Sabine Mit, Pascale Montenay, Delphine de Noray, Rigize Noui, Lise Paillet, Catherine Pavet, Fanny Pentel, Carole Perdereau, Mickaël Phelippeau, Catherine Plaisance, Emeline Ponchel, Martial Prévert, Benoît Raguenet, Natalija Rajak, Juliette Rime, Petra Sabisch, Diniz Sanchez, Flora Sans, Adrienne Saulnier Blache, Caroline Schneider, Izabel Stewart, Fanny Tanous, Li-Ping Ting, Misuzu Totsuka, Muriel Touaty, Fabrice Vincent, Natasha Young
Production / Coproduction of the choreographic work
Association edna, Musée de la danse, Kaaitheater (Bruxelles), Le Cargo / Maison de la culture de Grenoble, Les Spectacles vivants - Centre Pompidou, Centre National de la Danse, Centre Chorégraphique National de Tours (accueil studio), Bonlieu Scène Nationale (Annecy), Festival d'Automne à Paris, Montpellier Danse, Centre Chorégraphique National de Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon, Hebbel Theater (Berlin), Siemens Arts Program. Avec le soutien du DICREAM (aide à la réalisation), de la compagnie DCA – Philippe Decouflé, de Iris Caméra et de Locaflash. héâtre-élévision a été réalisé dans le cadre d'une résidence à La Chaufferie (Saint-Denis).