Boris Charmatz


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In his dance pieces, the French choreographer and dancer Boris Charmatz explores themes of an existential nature. Most recently, in “enfant”, he examined the relationship between children and adults, once again emphasising his reputation as a globally acclaimed dance innovator who constantly crosses lines to visual art and philosophy, thus providing impetus for innovative developments in the international dance scene.
“Dance is the mother of anorexia” is an assertion with which he now prefixes his latest piece “manger”, exploring our ambivalent relationship to the subject of “food”, particularly with regard to the ideal body. Charmatz examines the intake of food in terms of its imagery, joining forces with fourteen dancers to examine how we manage to swallow and digest bitter reality day in and day out.
He also subjects the physical act of eating to aesthetic scrutiny: we open our mouths, we chew, we swallow, and we digest. We can eat while lying down, walking, or standing. We even manage to stuff ourselves to death – remember the film classic “La Grande Bouffe”. “manger” sets out to reveal a constitutive contradiction: for all its banality and everydayness, eating is filled to bursting with symbolism.
Produced by Musée de la danse / Centre chorégraphique national de Rennes et de Bretagne (The association receives grants from the Ministry of Culture and Communication (Regional Direction of Cultural Affairs / Brittany), the City of Rennes, the Regional Council of Brittany and Ille-et-Vilaine General Council.)
Co-produced by steirischer herbst, Ruhrtriennale-International Festival of the Arts, Théâtre National de Bretagne-Rennes, Théâtre de la Ville and Festival d’Automne, Holland Festival & Kunstenfestivaldesarts & Künstlerhaus Mousonturm Frankfurt am Main
Thanks to Imane Alguimaret, Marguerite Chassé, Noé Couderc, Lune Guidoni, Hypolite Tanguy, the students from P.A.R.T.S. (Brussels) and from the Master-Studiengang Performance Studies (University of Hamburg), Alexandra Vincens
Technical sponsor AVL Cultural Foundation
Boris Charmatz: manger

Dates and Facts

Austrian Première

Thu 16/10, Fri 17/10 &
Sat 18/10, 19.30


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Choreography Boris Charmatz
With Or Avishay, Matthieu Barbin, Nuno Bizarro, Ashley Chen, Olga Dukhovnaya, Alix Eynaudi, Julien Gallée-Ferré, Peggy Grelat-Dupont, Christophe Ives, Maud Le Pladec, Filipe Lourenço, Mark Lorimer, Mani A. Mungai & Marlène Saldana
Light Yves Godin
Sound Olivier Renouf
Vocal Training Dalila Khatir
Choreographic Assistant Thierry Micouin
General Stage Manager Mathieu Morel
Lighting engineering Fabrice Le Fur
Costumes Marion Regnier
Production Sandra Neuveut, Martina Hochmuth & Amélie-Anne Chapelain