Boris Charmatz

Musée de la danse, Rennes
“20 Dancers for the XX Century”
German Premiere

Boris Charmatz: 20 Dancers for the XX Century

Boris Charmatz: 20 Dancers for the XX Century

© Ivar Veermae

  • Length 180 min

Past Dates

 28 June, 15:30
Choreopolitics – Gesten der Geschichte, Gesten des Tanzes
Talk with Gabriele Brandstetter, Stefan Troebst and Barbara Gronau

History is volatile, and a history of dance faces the challenge of the double volatility of both dance and history. As a Berlin Premiere, Musée de la danse is developing the project “20 Dancers for the XX Century” for the Soviet memorial in Treptower Park, a public space where artists and dancers will create a parcours across 20th century dance history. The French dancer and choreographer Boris Charmatz invites his colleagues to recall, appropriate, perform solo works of the last century – some forgotten, some acclaimed. They will range from Meyerhold’s biomechanics, folk dance and Vogueing to contemporary dance. Monuments and memorials inform later generations about bygone eras and it is one of their central objectives to help prevent history from repeating itself. These stony forms of commemoration traditionally assume that time-based arts are not very well suited to pass down historical events. With this open performance installation, Musée de la danse will rebut this assumption and demonstrate the insisting aspect of memory in the volatility of dance.

With Nuno Bizarro, Varinia Canto Vila, Ashley Chen, Raphaëlle Delaunay, Sara De Roo, Olga Dukhovnaya, Peggy Grelat-Dupont, Dmitry Gutov, Reinhild Hoffmann, Janez Janša, Lénio Kaklea, Matej Keižar, Jérôme Marin, Alex Mugler, Mani A. Mungai, Ko Murobushi, Sonja Pregrad, Frédéric Seguette, Sven Walser, Julian Weber
Stage-management Mathieu Morel

A project by Musée de la danse
Production: Musée de la danse / Centre choréographique national de Rennes et de Bretagne – direction: Boris Charmatz
Earlier versions of “20 Dancers for the XX Century” have been developed in collaboration with Champs Libres Rennes and MoMA Museum of Modern Art New York.

Funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation

With support of Institut français as part of the programme IntégraleS and With support of Convention Institut français / City of Rennes / Rennes Métropole.