Boris Charmatz: A Dancer’s Day

Image: Ursula Kauffman

Event Introduction

Day as a dancer

How is a dance performance created? How does a dancer prepare for the performance? Boris Charmatz’s A Dancer’s Day is a fascinating six-hour series of works that literally offer a glimpse into a dancer’s day before the night’s performance. Anyone can participate in the programme – warmup, practise, picnic, rest – alongside the actual performers (bring your own food). The dancers practice for the night’s performance of 10000 gestures, which will also be seen at Helsinki Festival. Where is the line between reality and performance? Between the watcher and the watched?

NB: Unlike previously announced, A Dancer’s Day begins at 17.00.

We encourage participants to attend the whole performance. Audience is free to leave at any moment except during 10000 gestures.

Programme of the day:

Warm-up with the dancers of 10000 gestures
Workshop 10000 gestures with Boris Charmatz
Picnic with (untitled) (2000) by Tino Sehgal interpreted by Frank Willens
Common Sleep
Performance 10000 gestures (Tickets sold separately)
Dancefloor with Rebeka Warrior & Ha Kyoon « Gabber »
Performance étrangler le temps with Boris Charmatz & Emmanuelle Huynh

Note: please bring your own picnic snacks, the ticket price does not include food.

Conception: Boris Charmatz
General stage: manager Fabrice Le Fur
Stage technician: Ludovic Losquin
Sound technician: Olivier Renouf
Light technician: Iannis Japiot
Dresser: Marion Régnier
Production direction: Martina Hochmuth, Hélène Joly
Production assistants: Florentine Busson, Briac Geffrault
Production / distribution: [terrain]
A production Musée de la danse / Centre chorégraphique national de Rennes et de Bretagne (2017)

(untitled) (2000)
Choreography: Tino Sehgal
Interpretation: Frank Willens
Production / distribution: [terrain]
A production Musée de la danse – Centre chorégraphique National de Rennes et de Bretagne (2013)
Coproduction: Tanz im August (Berlin), Kaaitheater (Bruxelles), Les Spectacles vivants Centre Pompidou – Paris, La Bâtie-Festival de Genève et Bonlieu Scène nationale Annecy as part of the projet PACT, beneficiary of FEDER with the programme INTERREG IV A France-Switzerland

Note: The performance contain nudity.

étrangler le temps
Freely inspired by boléro 2 (excerpted from the performance trois boléros, conceived by Odile Duboc and Françoise Michel, 1996).
Choreography: Odile Duboc
Interpretation: Boris Charmatz, Emmanuelle Huynh
Stage design and lighting: Yves Godin
Sound: Olivier Renouf
Sound material: Stretching out of the Boléro de Ravel
Production / distribution: [terrain]
A production Musée de la danse – Centre chorégraphique National de Rennes et de Bretagne (2009)

[terrain] is subsidized by the Ministry of Culture – Direction Générale de la Création Artistique and the Région Hauts-de-France. Based in the Région Hauts-de-France, terrain is associated with Opéra de Lille, phénix scène nationale de Valenciennes pôle européen de création and Maison de la Culture Amiens – Pôle européen de création et de production. Boris Charmatz is an Associate Artist with Charleroi danse (Belgium) from 2018 to 2022.

Sponsors and partners

Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation


Dance, Boris Charmatz



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Event Information

  • Time:

    • Sat 28.8.2021 17:00

  • Address:

    Merikaapelihalli, Cable Factory
    Tallberginkatu 1
    00180 Helsinki

  • Tickets:

    20 € (Ticketmaster)

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