MoMA to Welcome Boris Charmatz & Musée de la dans for Three World Premieres, Begin. 10/18
Choreographer Boris Charmatz (French, b. 1973), in collaboration with his groundbreaking institution Musée de la danse, brings a three-week dance program to The Museum of Modern Art this fall. Musée de la danse: Three Collective Gesturestakes place in the Donald B. and Catherine C. Marron Atrium and other spaces throughout the Museum over the course of three consecutive weekends, from October 18 through November 3, 2013. All three performances are U.S. premieres. 20 Dancers for the XX Century(2012/13) will be performed October 18-20; Levée des conflits (extended)/Suspension of Conflicts (Extended) (2010/13) will be performed October 25-27; and Flip Book (2008/13) will be performed November 1-3, with Saturday performances to be live-streamed on MoMA.org. Musée de la danse: Three Collective Gestures is organized by Ana Janevski, Associate Curator; with Martin Hartung, Curatorial Assistant; Leora Morinis, Curatorial Assistant; and Jill Samuels, Producer, Department of Media and Performance Art, The Museum of Modern Art; in collaboration with Boris Charmatz, Director; Sandra Neuveut, Deputy Director; and Martina Hochmuth, Production Director, Musée de la danse/Centre chorégraphique national de Rennes et de Bretagne.
In 2009, Charmatz became director of the Centre chorégraphique national de Rennes et de Bretagne in northwestern France. He promptly renamed it Musée de la danse (The Dancing Museum), in order to articulate the idea of dance divested of notions of "choreography," "center," and "national." Through this gesture and his broader practice, Charmatz emphasized the museum not only as a space for predetermined, scripted movement and exhibition, but also as a framing device for dance that redefines traditional notions of museums and collections.
Over the past five years, Musée de la danse has functioned as a museum in progress, extending far beyond the space in Rennes and engaging dancers, artists, architects, and scholars from various contexts. For Musée de la danse: Three Collective Gestures, American and European dancers and performers engage in three different projects, each experimenting with different formats and re-imagining the function of dance and its relationship with the body, society, and the institution. The subtitle "Three Collective Gestures" suggests the importance of collaboration, participation, and transmission in all the three projects.