29 June – 16 July 2017

10000 Gestures


Thur 13 – Sat 15 July

Boris Charmatz

An explosion of movement

One of Europe’s most daring and exciting choreographers, Boris Charmatz opened his newest work at MIF17. For this highly ambitious piece, staged in an atmospheric space in central Manchester, a 25-strong ensemble of dancers performed, in succession, 10000 Gestures – none repeated, every one unique. At once joyous and melancholy, ephemeral and unforgettable, 10000 Gestures reinvented 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 marked the first ever staging of his work in Manchester.



‘A thrilling blizzard of movement… Far from simply playing with the ephemeral nature of dance, Charmatz ends up meditating on life and death’ The Guardian – 4 STARS

‘I loved this. I want to see it again. It’s exciting and new. It reflects the potential of the space. It subverts our understanding of dance. It’s fully in the spirit of the ‘Original Modern’ philosophy of MIF’ Manchester Confidential – 5 STARS

10000 Gestures 2017 international dates:

14-17 September, Volksbuhne, Berlin

19-21 October, Chaillot – Theatre National de la Danse as part of Festival d’Automne

24-25 November, Theatre national de Bretagne, Rennes


A scene from 10000 Gestures by Boris Charmatz @ Mayfield, Manchester. width=

Artist talk:

Boris Charmatz was in conversation with Matthias von Hartz at the Albert Hall.

‘It will be like a shower, a storm of movements or states…’
Boris Charmatz talks to The Guardian’s Judith Mackrell ahead of 10000 Gestures at MIF17 this July

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Boris Charmatz
Salka Ardal Rosengren,
Or Avishay,
Régis Badel,
Jessica Batut,
Nadia Beugré,
Alina Bilokon,
Nuno Bizarro,
Matthieu Burner,
Dimitri Chamblas,
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: A scene from 10000 Gestures by Boris Charmatz @ Mayfield, Manchester.
©Tristram Kenton