Boris Charmatz / Musée de la danse — manger

19 & 20 May 2015

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Sadler's Wells

Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R


Sadler’s Wells and Tate Modern present Musée de la danse in London, a major new focus on the work of French choreographer, dancer and agitateur Boris Charmatz. Following his debut at Sadler’s Wells in 2014 with the thought-provoking piece enfant, Sadler’s Wells and Tate Modern bring to London an unprecedented series of performances, installations and provocations by one of the most radical dance makers today.

Since 2009, Charmatz has been director of the National Choreographic Centre in Rennes which he renamed Musée de la danse, reframing the traditional dance company and the dance house as a new kind of museum. Embracing the different spaces that the work naturally inhabits and questions, the Musée de la danse comes to London both in the theatre and in the museum by presenting work in both.

For this new work, manger, Charmatz investigates how to set bodies in motion not with the eyes or with the limbs, but with the mouth. The mouth acts as the crossroads for food, voices, breath and words; a space where the self and the other engage, and ingest each other. Charmatz uses this metaphor as the vehicle for his choreography in manger, choosing to challenge the role that the mouth and eating play in choreography, dance and performance.

Standing at the boundaries between a mobile installation and a performance piece, manger offers its audience what Charmatz terms a ‘swallowed reality’: a slow digestion of the world.

Other shows in the Musée de la danse in London focus at Sadler’s Wells

Sun 17 May
Aatt enen tionon – Boris Charmatz / Musée de la danse

Fri 22 & Sat 23 May
Partita 2  – Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Boris Chamatz

More on Musée de la danse in London

Part of Le Musée de la danse in London: presented by Sadler's Wells and Tate Modern

“Riotous, joyous and sinister. Dance rarely comes as surprising and thought-provoking as this”

The Guardian on enfant

Sadler's Wells

Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R

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