Musée de la danse in London

17 - 23 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 ground-breaking National Choreographic Centre in Rennes (France) which he provocatively renamed Musée de la danse, reframing the traditional dance company and the dance house as a new kind of museum. At the heart of this “dancing museum” is a desire to open up the boundaries of what is considered choreography and dance in society today and create new physical spaces and situations to redefine them. In the words of the artist: “it is time to see, to make visible and bring alive the moving bodies of a culture which largely remains to be invented.”

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.

At Tate Modern over a special weekend (15 & 16 May) Musée de la danse will take over with a series of events and performances called If Tate Modern was Musée de la danse, part of the BMW Tate Live. More than inviting dance into the museum, the weekend is a chance to consider how the museum could be transformed by dance altogether.

The following week, two UK premieres will come to the Sadler’s Wells stage: an early work from 1996 Aatt enen tionon (17 May) and the artist’s newest piece, manger (19 & 20 May)

There will also be a post-show conversation between Boris Charmatz and Sadler’s Wells Artistic Director Alistair Spalding.

In response to the needs of the work, manger will manifest in two different versions during this focus: a dispersed version at Tate Modern over the weekend and a version located on Sadler’s Wells main stage, where the audience is invited to sit on stage instead of in the auditorium.

As part of this focus, Boris Charmatz will also perform alongside Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker in ROSAS’s production Partita 2 (22 & 23 May), a collaboration between Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Boris Charmatz and violinist Amandine Beyer.

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

Tue 19 & Wed 20 May
manger – Boris Charmatz / Musée de la danse

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

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

Sadler's Wells

Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R

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