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Boris Charmatz in New York and Philadelphia

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

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

10,000 Gestures was created by Boris Charmatz in contrast with Levée des conflits. In his new 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.

Before, FringeArts, in partnership with Westphal College of Media Arts & Design as part of the initiative Philadelphia Museum of Dance, presents manger (in English: to eat), a performance by Charmatz that explores the nature of eating, consuming, and digesting information, on September 22-23 at FringeArts, Philadelphia. 

And later, also part of Philadelphia Museum of Dance, Boris Charmatz will give a one-day free exhibit of live dance at the Barnes Foundation on Saturday, October 6 from 3pm to 9pm. The Barnes will be animated by live dance in every corner, by public warm-ups with Boris Charmatz and his team. In the evening, the choreographer will present danse de nuit – a work that radically rethinks public assembly.

About Boris Charmatz

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, in the last past five years, Charmatz' work  Levée des Conflits Extended was presented at MoMa, New York,  in 2013, and at Fringe Arts Festival, Philadelphia, in 2015..

10000 gestures by Boris Charmatz at NYU Skirball 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.