Boris Charmatz — 10000 Gestures

22 & 23 June 2019

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Tate Modern Turbine Hall

Bankside, SE1 9TG


In 2017, the French choreographer and agitateur Boris Charmatz led his audience out to the top of a multi-storey car park in east London for an adventurous dance performance at the edge of the city. The year before that, Charmatz asked us to imagine the Tate Modern as a museum of dance.

For his latest project, Charmatz creates an ephemeral piece composed of the literal 10,000 gestures of the title, performed in a torrent of unrepeating movements which are executed then dismissed, questioning the nature of dance’s relationship to time. There will also be an open lecture-demonstration and free live performances.

Accompanying the 10000 Gestures, Charmatz continues his exploration of dance in the public space with a pre-show lecture demonstration on Saturday 22 June from 4pm - 5pm, in which he will explain the language and composition of his choreography. On Sunday 23 June, Charmatz and acclaimed choreographer and dancer Emmanuelle Huynh present a tribute to the work of the influential French choreographer Odile Duboc (1941-2010), with two pieces étrangler le temps (from 11am - 11.50am) and boléro 2 (from 1 - 1.20pm). Also on Sunday afternoon a set of solos extracted from 10000 Gestures will unfold to create an extended three-hour piece between 2pm - 5pm.


"Exhilarating, enervating and overwhelming in equal measures"

Presented by Tate Modern and Sadler’s Wells

Co-produced by: Volksbühne Berlin, Manchester International Festival (MIF), Théâtre National de Bretagne-Rennes, Festival d’Automne à Paris, Chaillot – Théâtre national de la Danse (Paris), Wiener Festwochen, Sadler’s Wells London, Taipei Performing Arts Center

Tate Modern Turbine Hall

Bankside, SE1 9TG

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