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
‘It will be like a shower, a storm of movements or states…’
Boris Charmatz talks to The Guardian’s dance critic Judith Mackrell about 10000 Gestures
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