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La Ronde by Boris Charmatz broadcast on French TV

Marlène Saldana and Frank Willens in Boris Charmatz, "La Ronde", 16 janvier 2021, Grand Palais © Laurent Philippe

On the occasion of the closure of the Grand Palais (Paris) for restoration work, choreographer Boris Charmatz imagined La Ronde, a performance made to celebrate this historical monument designed to celebrate French art. Considering the current pandemic, the show was held without an audience on January 16, 2021, and filmed to be broadcast on French TV Channel France 5 on March 12, 2021, at 2:50 pm EST, where it will be in dialogue with a documentary on the work of Boris Charmatz directed by Claire Duguet and Sophie Kovess-Brun.

La Ronde is inspired by the work of Arthur Schnitzler, specifically his writing about extraordinary couples chained to each other during the construction of the Grand Palais at the end of the 19th century. To honor this place and history, Boris Charmatz imagined « an infinite chain of dancing, singing, speaking duets ». Mixing Arthur Schnitzler’s original duets with new couples created for the occasion, Boris Charmatz’ parade of couples showcases bodies that move, collide, embrace, kiss, and leave each other,  yet remain bound together in the mental space, maintaining continuity of the living and of desire. Discover the trailer here.

Dancer, choreographer, and director of Terrain, Boris Charmatz subjects dance to formal constraints that re-imagine the field of possibilities. The stage is a notepad on which to draft concentrated, organic concepts in order to observe the chemical reactions, intensities, and tensions engendered by their encounter.

Between 2009 and  2018 he was the director of Musée de la danse / Centre chorégraphique national de Rennes et de Bretagne. In addition to his activity as a performer and improviser (in collaboration with Médéric Collignon, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, and Tino Sehgal), he is also the author of a series of landmark shows, from Aatt enen tionon (1996) to 10000 gestes (2017). Invited to the MoMA in 2013, Boris Charmatz staged Musée de la danse: Three Collective Gestures, a three-part program performed at the museum over the course of three weeks. His creations have been performed in some of the most prestigious locations in the world, from the Tate Modern in London to the Palais Garnier in Paris.

La Ronde is part of the Festival d'automne de Paris' programme. 

Conception: Boris Charmatz
With: Djino Alolo Sabin, François Chaignaud, Boris Charmatz,
Médéric Collignon, Raphaëlle Delaunay, Clément Delliaux, Letizia Galloni,
Emmanuelle Huynh, Axel Ibot, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Samuel Lefeuvre,
Johanna Elisa Lemke, Johan Leysen, Soa Ratsifandrihana, Marlène Saldana,
Salia Sanou, Florian Spiry, Asha Thomas, Sigrid Vinks and Frank Willens