One dancer slides onto the floor, bringing his chin level with his feet. Another walks backwards, hands first. A third plays air guitar with his foot. The performers of 10000 gestures make a total of 10,000 different moves without repeating a single one.
In its glowing review, British newspaper The Guardian called it “a thrilling blizzard of movement”, but it’s a performance that could just as well be described as antichoreography. When the dancers meet each other on the floor, they don’t mirror each other’s gestures or look for a common theme. It’s a cacophony of dance, with 25 dancers all approaching movement from different angles.
Choreographer Boris Charmatz has said of 10000 gestures that it’s a choreographic anti-museum – it does not preserve anything but rather always invents something new. Each moment is unique. Every move disappears to give way to the next.
With: Or Avishay, Régis Badel, J.Batut, Nadia Beugré, Alina Bilokon, Nuno Bizarro, Guilhem Chatir, Eli Cohen, Sidonie Duret, Bryana Fritz, Julien Gallée-Ferré, Kerem Gelebek, Alexis Hedouin, Rémy Héritier, Pierrick Jacquard, Noémie Langevin, Samuel Lefeuvre, Johanna Elisa Lemke, François Malbranque, Noé Pellencin, Mathilde Plateau, Samuel Planas, Solene Wachter, Frank Willens
Choreographic assistant: Magali Caillet Gajan
Lights: Yves Godin
Costumes: Jean-Paul Lespagnard
Vocal work: Dalila Khatir
General stage manager: Fabrice Le Fur
Stage manager: Max Potiron
Sound technician: Olivier Renouf
Light technician: Samuel Dosière
Dresser: Marion Regnier
Deputy director [terrain]: Hélène Joly
Direction of productions: Lucas Chardon, Martina Hochmuth
Production managers: Jessica Crasnier, Briac Geffrault
Sound material: Requiem in D minor K.626 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791), performed by the Wiener Philharmoniker, conducted by Herbert von Karajan and recorded at the Wiener Musikverein in 1986 (1987 Polydor International GmbH, Hamburg); field recordings by Mathieu Morel in Mayfield, Manchester
In co-operation with:
Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation, Dance House Helsinki
Dance, Performing arts
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