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Talk: Boris Charmatz and Ana Janevski - A Dialogue on Dance

Boris Charmatz and Ana Janevski

For the release of a new number of Perspective catalog, choreographer Boris Charmatz and MoMa's curator Ana Janevski met for a dialogue on dance. Listen to their conversation in the replay below (English starts at 8 min). 

Perspective is a review focused on the current events in the field of art history, published twice a year by the French National Institute of History of Art (INHA). For the first edition of 2021, dance is at the heart of the articles proposed by the magazine. This approach understands the visual arts as a certain relationship to dance and, conversely, dance performance as a moving image. In January, the French National Center for Dance (CND) and INHA organized this online meeting between Boris Charmatz and Ana Janevski to share their thought and experiences about this theme. 

Boris Charmatz is a French dancer and choreographer, former director of the Museum of Dance in Brittany, and author of several books. In his works, he subjects dance to formal constraints which redraw the field of possibilities. The stage is a notepad where to draft concentrated, organic concepts to observe the chemical reactions, intensities, and tensions generated by their encounter. He is the author of a series of landmark shows, from Aatt enen tionon (1996) to 10000 gestes (2017), in addition to his activity as a performer and improviser. His latest performance La Ronde was shot in le Grand Palais, Paris, before the closing of the emblematic venue for restoration work.

Ana Janevski is Curator in the Department of Media and Performance Art at The Museum of Modern Art in New York. From 2007 to 2011, she held the position of Curator at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Poland. In 2010 she co-curated the first extensive show about experimental film in Yugoslavia, This Is All Film! Experimental Film in Yugoslavia 1951–1991, at the Museum of Modern Art in Ljubljana. Janevski also co-curated, with Pierre Bal-Blanc, the performance exhibition The Living Currency and co-organized the performance series Words in the World at MoMA. She launched the periodical Muzeum in 2007 which has developed into a quarterly publication inviting writers, philosophers, and artists to discuss contemporary art.

Ana and Boris had already worked together in 2014, to imagine the future for dance in museums and archival practice in the frame of DANSE: A Catalogue (Les Presses du réel, Noémie Solomon), a collection of dialogues and essays drawing on dance.