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With this film, César Vayssié, a film maker who has been closely following Boris Charmatz's work, offers a sensitive approach to and a singular insight into “Status,” an exhibition project of variable geometry. It shows the multiplicity of materials used in the installation version designed for the Ferme du Buisson in March 2001. With Boris Charmatz's project, seen through César Vayssié's lens, the field of choreography is opening its doors to mixed-media interpretation: from large-format serigraphs by Jean-Luc Moulène to Sylvia Bossu's installation, passing through more choreographic works which engage human bodies, such as “Programme court avec essorage” or “Narcisse Flip—Loop” by Xavier le Roy in collaboration with Tino Sehgal. From the very beginning of the film, Vincent Dupont's reading challenges the presence of dance and bodies in the very act of reading and, in turn, the content of the read text: the presence of dance in the act of reading, the presence of dance in the heard content. César Vayssié's film juxtaposes the spaces of the exhibition using very choppy sequences which offer a fragmentary vision that transcends the mere documentary function. Although the film is shown here in its entirety, it is in small format, and should be viewed for research purposes only.
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
Choreography : Boris Charmatz
Interpretation : Gilles Touyard, Julia Cima, Boris Charmatz, Xavier le Roy, Tino Sehgal
Text : Hollis Frampton, François Dagognet, Jean-François Pirson
Production / Coproduction of the choreographic work : Association edna, Kaaitheater / Bruxelles, Le Quartz / Brest, TNB/ Rennes, CND / Pantin