»The heart of dance lies on the margins; with those people who aren’t dancing, yet somehow are …« (Boris Charmatz)
A Dancer’s Day, the highlight of the 10000 gestes series, is Boris Charmatz and his Musée de la danse’s invitation to the audience to form a community for one day. Over a period of six hours, visitors can dip into the life of a dancer and immerse themselves in the architecture of the dance piece 10000 gestes.
The visitors will warm up with the professional dancers, participate in a workshop with the choreographer, have a picnic and rest or dance together, thereby filling a room with collective experience where later, a dance piece will unfold. Whether it’s Frank Willens performing a solo by Tino Sehgal, the 23 dancers of 10000 gestes, or Boris Charmatz and Dimitri Chamblas who will wind down the evening with À bras-le-corps – a whole day will be dedicated to dance and to community among those people »who aren’t dancing, yet somehow are …«
16.00 Warm-up with 23 dancers
17.00 Workshop with Boris Charmatz
18.00 Picknick and (untitled) (2000) by Tino Sehgal with Frank Willens
18.50 Common Sleep
19.30 10000 gestes by Boris Charmatz
20.30 Dancefloor with Electric Indigo
21.20 À bras-le-corps with Boris Charmatz and Dimitri Chamblas - program change, replacement for étrangler le temps
- Artistic Team
Concept, Choreography Boris Charmatz
Choreographic Assistance Magali Caillet-Gajan
Lighting design Yves Godin
Costume design Jean-Paul Lespagnard
Sound technician Olivier Renouf
Stage manager Fabrice Le Fur
Production Musée de la danse
Co-production Wiener Festwochen
A Dancer’s Day premiered on 14 September 2017 at the Berlin Tempelhof Airport / Volksbühne Berlin.
Dancer and choreographer, Boris Charmatz presented from Aatt enen tionon (1996) to 10000 gestes (2017) a series of highly memorable pieces. His work exposes conflicts in collectives, the celebration of communities and the expansion of the concept of dance. He also continues to work as a performer with Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and Tino Sehgal. He developed Bocal, a nomadic and ephemeral school that brought together students from different backgrounds. Since 2009, he has been the director of the Rennes and Brittany National Choreographic Centre (France), and has transformed it in to a Museum of Dance (Musée de la danse) of a new kind.