17.6.2015. / 15:00 - 18:00 / MSU - dance installation
18.6.2015. / 18:00 / MSU - performance

Boris Charmatz (FR)

The performance exists in various versions: 50 years of dance, performed by former dancers of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Flipbook, performed by professional dancers, and Roman Photo with non-dancers, students and amateurs.

The performance can be a durational one, or as a staged event.

(*) David Vaughan, Ed. Plume (French version), 1997 (run out). Ed. Aperture (original version)

Choreographer and dancer Boris Charmatz, one of the most distinguished choreographers of today in France and beyond, is renown for his explorations of contemporary movement and its complex histories. Taking David Vaughan's 1997 book Fifty Years, which charts Merce Cunningham's choreography over 50 years, Charmatz invited different groups of dancers - from ex-members of Cunningham's company to amateur practitioners - to learn and perform Vaughan's images as a speeded-up version of Cunningham's

“In Merce Cunningham, un demi-siècle de danse*, all Cunningham is included: pictures from every piece, and Merce is portrayed from the age of five... when I read this book, it came to my mind that the collection of the pictures was not only about nearly all the projects that he did until now, but formed a choreography in itself close to Cunningham’s processes to create dance: dance happens in between the postures, between two positions, and I guess we could invent a piece from this score of pictures, performed from beginning to end. On the one hand it would be a purely "fake Cunningham" piece, but on the other hand, I think if we succeed that it could become a real one, a real Cunningham piece, a Meta- Cunningham event with a glimpse of his entire life and work...

I consider this experience as an integral part of our research, of our specific interest for the issue of archive, history and scores, which could meet here its tumultuous dimension: the entire history of a life’s work become book, transformed in its turn into a performance elaborated by a handful of dancers.”

Boris Charmatz