29 June – 16 July 2017


10000 Gestures

Boris Charmatz

An explosion of movement

One of Europe’s most daring and exciting choreographers, Boris Charmatz will be opening his newest work at MIF17. For this highly ambitious piece, staged in an atmospheric space in central Manchester, a 25-strong ensemble of dancers will perform, in succession, 10000 Gestures – none repeated, every one unique. At once joyous and melancholy, ephemeral and unforgettable, 10000 Gestures rethinks and reinvents the language of dance in thrilling fashion.

Boris Charmatz is widely celebrated for his experimental approach to contemporary dance. Since 2009, Charmatz has been the director of the Rennes & Brittany National Choreographic Centre, transforming it into the cutting-edge Museum of Dance (Musée de la danse). He has recently presented work to great acclaim at Sadler’s Wells, Tate Modern and New York’s Museum of Modern Art. This pre-premiere of 10000 Gestures marks the first ever staging of his work in Manchester.


Boris Charmatz
Salka Ardal Rosengren,
Or Avishay,
Régis Badel,
Jessica Batut,
Nadia Beugré,
Alina Bilokon,
Nuno Bizarro,
Matthieu Burner,
Dimitri Chamblas,
Julie Cunningham,
Olga Dukhovnaya,
Sidonie Duret,
Bryana Fritz,
Kerem Gelebek,
Alexis Hedouin,
Rémy Héritier,
Samuel Lefeuvre,
Johanna-Elisa Lemke,
Noé Pellencin,
Maud Le Pladec,
Mani Mungai,
Jolie Ngemi,
Djino Sabin,
Marlène Saldana,
Julian Weber
& Frank Willens
Magali Caillet-Gajan
Yves Godin
Lighting Designer
Jean-Paul Lespagnard
Costume Designer
Fabrice Le Fur
General Stage Manager
Marion Régnier
Sandra Neuveut, Martina Hochmuth, Amélie-Anne Chapelain
Production Direction
Curated for MIF by Matthias von Hartz

Produced by Musée de la danse in coproduction with Volksbühne Berlin, Manchester International Festival, Théâtre National de Bretagne-Rennes, Festival d’Automne à Paris, Chaillot – Théâtre National de la Danse (Paris), Wiener Festwochen, Sadler’s Wells and Taipei Performing Arts Center (ongoing/en cours).

Photo: Boris Charmatz in Madrid, Spain, December 2016
© Donald Christie