Boris Charmatz / Musée de la danse

Boris Charmatz / Musée de la danse, Rennes
“Levée des conflits”

Boris Charmatz: Levée des conflits

Boris Charmatz: Levée des conflits

© Caroline Ablain

  • Length 80 min

Past Dates

Artist Talk
2 July 2014 following the performance

2 July 2014, from 17:00
“How To Dance With Art”

In the Western world, it is considered a weakness to avoid conflict. Western thinking is oriented towards oppositions, dualities, and it asserts their struggle for dominance. In his 1978 lectures at the Collège de France, French philosopher Roland Barthes pondered a third position: the neutral. He eschews a definition, leaving readers to develop their own desire. Boris Charmatz’ fascination with this figure of thought has led him to adopt it as the basis of this choreography, replacing the neutral with the suspension of conflicts that we are ultimately all longing for. This arrangement of 25 sequences of movement for 24 dancers operates on the musical principle of the canon: A movement begins, a dancer carries it out, another takes it on, yet another brings it to a close. The installation remains open and centres on a final sequence of movement which will always be missing. Because even if all 24 performers have taken over a sequence, one of the 25 movements will remain absent. What is left open here is the undefined neutral which is intended to set in motion our curiosity and our desire. The virtuosity of this equally poetic and political work opens up latitudes far beyond its theoretical background.

With Or Avishay, Matthieu Barbin, Eleanor Bauer, Nuno Bizarro, Matthieu Burner, Ashley Chen, Sonia Darbois, Olga Dukhovnaya, Peggy Grelat-Dupont, Gaspard Guilbert, Dominique Jégou, Lénio Kaklea, Jurij Konjar, Élise Ladoué, Catherine Legrand, Anne-Karine Lescop, Naiara Mendioroz, Thierry Micouin, Andreas Albert Müller, Mani A. Mungai, Qudus Onikeku, Felix Ott, Annabelle Pulcini, Simon Tanguy

Choreography Boris Charmatz
Assistance Anne-Karine Lescop
Light Yves Godin
Sound Olivier Renouf
Orchestration software Luccio Stiz
Music Henry Cowell, Conlon Nancarrow, Helmut Lachenmann, Morton Feldman
Mass of excerpts David Banner, Médéric Collignon et Jus de bocse, Miles Davis, Daniel Johnston, Electric Masada, Angus McColl, RZA, Terror Squad, Saul Williams, Zeitkratzer
Stage-management Fabrice Le Fur
Dresser Stefani Gicquiaud
Clothes in collaboration with Laure Fonvieille

Production: Musée de la danse / Centre choréographique national de Rennes et de Bretagne – Head: Boris Charmatz
Musée de la danse is supported by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication - the Direction régionale des Affaires Culturelles, the city of Rennes, the regional Council of Brittany and the General Council of lle-et-Vilaine.
Co-production: Théâtre National de Bretagne à Rennes / Théâtre de la Ville Paris / Festival d’Automne à Paris / Manifesta 8 Murcia Cartagena / ERSTE Stiftung
With support of: Teatro Maria Matos Lissabon / Chassé Theater Breda / Kunstenfestivaldesarts Brussels

Thanks to: Maud Le Pladec, Marlène Monteiro-Freitas, Katja Fleig, Margot Joncheray, Carlos Maria Romero, the students of the Inter-University Center for Dance HZT (Berlin, year 2010), the residents of the Pavillon, laboratoire de création du Palais de Tokyo, and all those who took part in the different stages of research.
With a special thought for Vincent Druguet and Odile Duboc.

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.