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SOMNOLE

Boris Charmatz

Italian Premiere

Often choreographic ideas emerge just before falling asleep, in a somnolent state of latency which is full of potential. In the solo performance SOMNOLE, Boris Charmatz – one of France’s most celebrated contemporary choreographers – explores the transitional state of hibernation, paying attention to what lies underneath the surface, from daydreaming to the scream of awakening. The work of the mind becomes visible through a patient engagement with its passivity, a languid exploration of the in-betweenness of drowsiness. The sound of this meandering is the performer’s whistling of melodic reminiscences: a whistled dance embodying a state of fluid becoming.

Boris Charmatz is a dancer, choreographer and director of [terrain], a future institution without roof and walls. During 2009-2018 he was the director of Musée de la danse – Centre chorégraphique national de Rennes et de Bretagne. As an associate artist of the 2011 edition of the Avignon Theatre Festival, Charmatz created Enfant. Invited to the MoMA in 2013, he staged Musée de la danse: Three Collective Gestures. Charmatz was hosted by Tate Modern in London in 2015, where he presented If Tate Modern was Musée de la danse? That same year, he also opened the dance season at the National Opera in Paris with 20 Dancers for the XX Century. In May 2015 he premiered Fous de danse, an invitation to live dance in all its forms. During 2017-2018 Charmatz was associate artiste of Volksbühne Berlin where he presented Danse de nuit10000 gestesA Dancer’s Day and Enfant. At the end of 2018 Charmatz left Musée de la danse and for the occasion created the collective performance La Ruée at Théâtre national de Bretagne. In January 2019 he launched [terrain]. In September 2022 Charmatz will be the new director of Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch.

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Running time 60’

Credits

choreography, performance: Boris Charmatz 
choreographic assistant: Magali Caillet Gajan 
lights: Yves Godin
costume collaboration: Marion Regnier 
vocal coach: Dalila Khatir
with the advice of: Bertrand Causse and Médéric Collignon
sound materials inspired by: J.S. Bach, A. Vivaldi, B. Eilish, The Pink Panther, J. Kosma, E. Morricone, birdsongs, G.F. Haendel, Stormy Weather (full list on borischarmatz.org)
general stage manager: Fabrice Le Fur
deputy director [terrain]: Hélène Joly
production directors: Lucas Chardon, Martina Hochmuth
production managers: Jessica Crasnier, Briac Geffrault 
production, distribution: [terrain]
co-production: Opéra de Lille – Théâtre lyrique d’intérêt national, Le Phénix – Scène nationale de Valenciennes – Pôle européen de création, Bonlieu – Scène nationale d’Annecy, Charleroi Danse – Centre chorégraphique de Wallonie-Bruxelles, Festival d’Automne, Festival de Marseille, LOUD FONDATION, Teatro Municipal do Porto, Helsinki Festival, Scène nationale d’Orléans, MC93 – Maison de la Culture de Seine-Saint-Denis, Pavillon ADC 
with the support of: Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels, Lafayette Anticipations – Fondation d’entreprise Galeries Lafayette (in the framework of the programme Atelier en résidence)
with the artistic participation of: Jeune théâtre national 
thanks to: Alban Moraud, Mette Ingvartsen, Iris Ingvartsen Charmatz, Xenia Ingvartsen Charmatz
with the support of: Fondazione Nuovi Mecenati – Fondazione franco-italiana di sostegno alla creazione contemporanea

Calendar

Friday, March 11 2022, 6.30pm
Saturday, March 12 2022, 6.30pm

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