A very special, highly professional and multi-layered choreography which became more fascinating the longer it went on. Initially bored by the single dancer in red, the scene developed into a turbulent and cha- otic experience. I observed, focussed on the individual aspects and was soon fully absorbed.
You are alone yet still engaged in a process of exchange. A brief meeting, an instance of mutual perception before everything disappears again. Have I missed something? Is it important that I don’t miss anything? Or is it important that I fail to see something? Is paying attention to the details the actual experience? Can I shift my focus away from watching individual dancers and fix it on the whole? «10000 gestes» is reflective of our modern-day society, both in a positive and a negative sense. Awesome!

Ernst Jäggli, Co-Managing & Operations Director / Dampfzentrale Bern

Boris Charmatz has been challenging the preconceived notions of dance as a form of art for over 25 years. In doing so, he uses the most ephemeral of cultural forms to redefine ideas about museums, archiving, collecting and exhibiting. The result is a tension-laden language of movement that oscillates between the fleeting moment and the eternal. During 2009–2018 Boris Charmatz was the director of Musée de la danse de Rennes et de Bretagne. In January 2019 he launched «Terrain», a structure implemented in the Hauts-de-France region and associated with Phénix Valenciennes, Opéra de Lille and Maison de la Culture d’Amiens. Boris Char- matz is accompanied artist of Charleroi danse (Belgium) for a period of three years (2018-2021).

Credits

Choreografie: Boris Charmatz. Interpretation: Djino Alolo Sabin, Or Avishay, Jessica Batut, Nadia Beugré, Alina Bilokon, Nuno Bizarro, Matthieu Burner, Ashley Chen, Konan Dayot, Sidonie Duret, Bryana Fritz, Julien Gallée-Ferré, Kerem Gelebek, Alexis Hedouin, Rémy Héritier, Tatiana Julien, Johanna-Elisa Lemke, Noé Pellencin, Solène Wachter, Frank Willens. Choreografieassistenz: Magali Caillet-Gajan. Licht: Yves Godin. Lichttechnik: Iannis Iapiot. Kostüm: Jean-Paul Lespagnard. Vokaltraining: Dalila Khatir. Generalintendant: Fabrice Le Fur. Soundtechnik: Olivier Renouf. Ankleidung: Marion Regnier. Produktionsleitung: Sandra Neuveut, Martina Hochmuth, Amélie-Anne Chapelain. Soundmaterial: Requiem in D minor K.626 von Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791), gespielt vom Wiener Philharmoniker geleitet von Herbert von Karajan und aufgezeichnet im Wiener Musikverein, 1986 (1987) Polydor International GmbH, Hamburg); Feldaufnahmen von Mathieu Morel in Mayfield, Manchester.

Produktion: Terrain and Musée de la danse / CCN de Rennes et de Bretagne – direction Boris Charmatz. Terrain wird subventioniert vom Ministry of Culture – Direction Générale, von la Création Artistique und der Région Hauts-de-France. Angesiedelt in der Région Hauts-de-France ist Terrain assoziiert mit der Opéra de Lille, dem phénix scène nationale de Valenciennes und Maison de la Culture Amiens. Boris Charmatz ist von 2018 bis 2021 Associated Artist von Charleroi danse (BEL).

Koproduktion: Volksbühne Berlin, Manchester International Festival (MIF), Théâtre National de Bretagne-Rennes, Festival d’Automne à Paris, Chaillot – Théâtre national de la Danse (Paris), Wiener Festwochen, Sadler’s Wells London, Taipei Performing Arts Center.

Dank an: Julie Cunningham, Mani Mungai, Jolie Ngemi, Marlène Saldana, Le Triangle – cité de la danse, Charleroi Danses-Centre chorégraphique de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, P.A.R.T.S., Archivio Alighiero Boetti und Fondazione Alighiero e Boetti; Chiara Oliveri Bertola / Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea.

10000 gestes wurde am Donnerstag 14. September 2017 in der Volksbühne, Tempelhof, Berlin, Deutschland uraufgeführt.

Fotocredit: Martin Argyroglo.