10000 Gestures

Boris Charmatz

Thu 13 July, 2017

Sat 15 July, 2017

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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.

Co-commissioned by Manchester International Festival, Musée de la Danse, Volksbühne Berlin, Théâtre National de Bretagne, Festival d’Automne à Paris, Chaillot – Théâtre National de la Danse, Wiener Festwochen, Sadler’s Wells, Taipei Performing Arts Center.



Image Credit: Tristram Kenton


Berlin, Germany
Thu 14 September, 2017 -
Sun 17 September, 2017
Volksbühne – Tempelhof, Hangar 5
Paris, France (Festival d'Automne à Paris)
Thu 19 October, 2017 -
Thu 19 October, 2017
Chaillot – Théâtre National de la Danse
Rennes, France
Fri 24 November, 2017 -
Fri 24 November, 2017
Théâtre National de Bretagne
Berlin, Germany
Thu 1 February, 2018 -
Sat 3 February, 2018
Vienna, Austria (Wiener Festwochen)
Wed 13 June, 2018 -
Sat 16 June, 2018
Gösserhallen, Halle 1
Nanterre, France
Sat 26 January, 2019 -
Sun 27 January, 2019
Barcelona, Spain
Sat 9 March, 2019 -
Sun 10 March, 2019
Mercat de les flors: Casa de la Dansa
Utrecht, Netherlands (SPRING Festival)
Sat 18 May, 2019 -
Sun 19 May, 2019
Bordeaux, France
Sat 15 June, 2019 -
Sat 15 June, 2019
La Manufacture CDCN (with TNBA)
London, UK
Sat 22 June, 2019 -
Sun 23 June, 2019
Tate Modern (with Sadler's Wells)
Hamburg, Germany
Fri 27 September, 2019 -
Sun 29 September, 2019
Bern, Switzerland
Fri 25 October, 2019 -
Fri 25 October, 2019

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

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

Boris Charmatz Choreography

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, Rémy Héritier, Samuel Lefeuvre, Johanna-Elisa Lemke, Noé Pellencin, Maud Le Pladec, Mani Mungai, Jolie Ngemi, Djino Sabin, Marlène Saldana, Julian Weber, Frank Willens Interpretation

Magali Caillet-Gajan Assistant

Yves Godin Lighting Designer

Jean-Paul Lespagnard  Costume Designer

Fabrice Le Fur General Stage Manager 

Marion Régnier Dresser

Sandra Neuveut, Martina Hochmuth, Amélie-Anne Chapelain Production and Direction

Curated for MIF by Matthias von Hartz