20 dancers for the 20th century

Boris Charmatz

Palais Garnier - from 22 September to 11 October 2015

20 dancers for the 20th century

New to the repertoire

Danseur
Stéphanie Romberg
Caroline Bance
Marie-Solène Boulet
Myriam Kamionka
Alexandra Cardinale
Juliette Gernez
Anémone Arnaud
Julia Cogan
Noëmie Djiniadhis
Marion Gautier de Charnacé
Julie Martel
Caroline Osmont
Sofia Parcen
Benjamin Pech
Alessio Carbone
Yann Saïz
Pascal Aubin
Grégory Gaillard
Hugo Vigliotti
Jean-Baptiste Chavignier
Erwan Le Roux
Samuel Murez
Pierre Rétif
Francesco Vantaggio
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Boris Charmatz

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"Movement is occupied by context. It haunts it. History, culture, and the unexpected confluence of bodies deflect it from its initial trajectory. "

- Boris Charmatz

For this celebration of 20th century dance, the Paris Opera Ballet will be taking over the public spaces of the Palais Garnier and inviting audiences to stroll through them. The programme features some of the great solos of the 20th century repertoire, performed by dancers of the company in a new and daring proximity with the audience. The greatest choreographers will be represented, thus affording a comprehensive overview of dance in the last century.

Previously shown at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and at the Foreign Affairs Festival in Berlin, the programme was conceived by Boris Charmatz, the director of the Musée de la danse - Centre chorégraphique national de Rennes et de Bretagne.

The choreographer wished to include an exploration of words, movement, and dance spaces by posing numerous questions like “How do you dance in a library?... or in an entrance hall?”. He answers by underlining dance's rich and vibrant history and the fact that anyone can discover – or rediscover – an episode or a particular moment of dance, even in a corridor or on a staircase. This unusual experience allows audience members to stroll at their own pace and encounter twenty or so dancers as they so desire.

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