​radical dancer boris charmatz to stage tate modern takeover

The French dance maverick will fill the gallery with choreography inspired by mouths.

by Charlotte Gush
11 May 2015, 12:50pm

Boris Charmatz shook up the dance world when he renamed the National Choreographic Centre in Rennes the "Musée de la danse," suggesting a new way to view the creative form and reimagining the traditional dance company as a vessel for presenting the art of dance. Now Charmatz really is bringing dance to an art gallery, by staging a two-day takeover at the Tate Modern. The rebel choreographer is flooding the gallery and its famous Turbine Hall with performances by 90 dancers this Friday and Saturday.

One of the performances, Manger (the French verb, meaning "to eat"), which will be performed on both Friday and Saturday night, takes inspiration from mouths. The piece seeks to ask, "How can the body be set into motion, not with the eyes or limbs, but with the mouth - a crossroads where food, voices, breath, words and saliva intermix?". Charmatz says the performance will offer spectators a "swallowed reality," a dance digestion of the world.


Photography Hugo Glendinning, courtesy of Tate Modern

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