10000 Gestures

Boris Charmatz

“This sense of unstoppable momentum grips 10000 Gestures. There’s something profoundly touching about its inevitability.”

The Guardian, 2017

“I envision rain, an uninterrupted torrent of gestures,” Boris Charmatz, one of Europe’s most exciting choreographers, describes his latest piece 10000 Gestures, “a choreographic forest where no gesture is ever repeated.”

10000 Gestures centers around disappearance – dance as a body-based genre whose basic elements are gestures, condemned to symbolical disappearance. Charmatz calls it “the gift” of the dance world. To the strains of Mozart’s Requiem, in avant-garde costumes and with lighting that transforms the scene from a factory to an enchanting lake of reflections, Charmatz’s dancers enact an incredible collection of 10000 gestures, challenging our perception of dance.

Charmatz is an artist of paradoxes. In this piece too, he embraces contradictions as his dance collective maintains anti-collectivity, and the ocean of information created by the multiplicity of movements generates a sense of immobility. In this visual hypnosis, we face the question of the body as a reservoir of gestures, and become a part of an endless process of producing, presenting, and disappearing, adamant on perpetuating what is destined to vanish.

10000 Gestures is a part of the project Museum of Dance, which takes place at the National Center of Choreography in France, at the heart of which stands the paradox of the museum a place of preservation versus dance as the art of movement. The center, directed by Charmatz, is an experimental space for thinking, practicing, and pushing the boundaries of dance.

Interpretation: Djino Alolo Sabin, Salka Ardal Rosengren, Or Avishay, Régis Badel, Jessica Batut, Nadia Beugré, Alina Bilokon, Nuno Bizarro, Matthieu Burner, Dimitri Chamblas, Olga Dukhovnaya, Sidonie Duret, Bryana Fritz, Alexis Hedouin, Kerem Gelebek, Rémy Héritier, Samuel Lefeuvre, Johanna-Elisa Lemke, Maud Le Pladec, Mani Mungai, Noé Pellencin, Solène Wachter, Frank Willens / Choreography by Boris Charmatz / Choreographic assistant: Magali Caillet-Gajan / Lighting by Yves Godin / Costumes by Jean-Paul Lespagnard

  • The show contains nudity

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