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"10000 gestures" by Boris Charmatz at Crossing the Line

BORIS CHARMATZ, 10000 gestures, Photo Tristram Kenton © MIF, 2017

In the framework of FIAF's Crossing the Line festival (Sept 18 - Oct 13, 2018), NYU Skirball presents French choreographer Boris Charmatz one of his most recent production 10 000 gestures on September 27 and September 28, 2018.

Boris Charmatz is a renowned French dancer and choreographer who throughout his career has sought to “do dance differently.” From 2009 to 2017, he was the director of the Musée de la danse / Centre chorégraphique national de Rennes et de Bretagne. His works have been presented by major institutions and festival in the world. In the United States, Levée des Conflits Extended was at MoMa in 2013, and at Fringe Arts Festival in Philadelphia in 2015. Boris Charmatz will also return to the Fringe Arts Festival this September 2018. Read more here

10,000 Gestures was created by Boris Charmatz in contrast with Levée des conflits. In this work, every single movement is unique and never repeated. About 20 dancers are executing those thousands of gestures on Mozart's Requiem. The choreographer sees his work as "an ode to the impermanence of the art of dance". "It is the ephemeral taken to the extreme that engenders the gaze and the thought of the spectator. The chaos of expenditure is so perfect that it vergers on immobility", he says.


10000 gestures by Boris Charmatz received the support of FUSED (French U.S. Exchange in Dance), a program of FACE Foundation in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States with the support of the Florence Gould Foundation, Institut français, Paris, French Ministry of Culture, and private donors. Additional funding has been provided by the CHANEL Foundation.