Boris Charmatz: enfant

Musée de la danse — 9 dancers, 3 machines, and 17 children

  • © Boris Brussey
    (c) Boris Brussey
  • © Christophe Raynau de Lage
    (c) Christophe Raynau de Lage
  • © Boris Brussey
    (c) Boris Brussey

SOLD OUT at the moment. Performances by other choreographers at Ruhrtriennale 2012: Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, Jérôme Bel/Theater HORA, Mathilde Monnier, Jan Lauwers/Needcompany

›Child‹ is the title of this celebrated dance piece by French choreographer Boris Charmatz. With this work on the awakening of childhood, he has succeeded in creating a wonderful piece that begins with an eerie machine dance and ends almost rambunctiously.

Children run about, shaking, singing, jumping, and frolicking, catapulting themselves out of a beautifully sad experiment in which tenderness and dedication, powerlessness and subject lie dangerously close to one another. Almost unnoticed, they take power - power over themselves, over the adults that they set in motion, and over the spectators, who are invited to become children once again.

enfant is one of the most intense, most moving dance performances of the new century. The performance was a highlight at last year's Festival d'Avignon. Silently and rigorously, it forces our attention onto our relation to the essence of the child. What, Charmatz asks, has happened to our view of children?

Musée de la danse is today a museum in progress, a platform and impulse provider for new developments on the international dance scene.

Choreography —
Machines —
Machines —
Frédéric Vannieuwenhuyse
Machines —
Alexandre Diaz
Light —
Sound —
Bagpipes —
Erwan Keravec
Assistance —
Julien Jeanne
Dancer —
Eleanor Bauer, Nuno Bizarro, Matthieu Burner, Olga Dukhovnaya, Julien Gallée-Ferré, Lénio Kaklea, Maud Le Pladec, Thierry Micouin, Mani A. Mungai
Dancer —
und 17 Kinder aus Rennes/Frankreich


— 18. August 2012
Further dates
— 19. August
— 1 h 10 min
— 18. 19. August: 45 min before the performance starts
— 20 / 25 / 30 €
Reduced prices start at 10,00 €
  • Sat18Aug
    Boris Charmatz: enfant on 18. August 2012 at 7.00 PM
  • Sun19Aug
    Boris Charmatz: enfant on 19. August 2012 at 3.00 PM
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Open discussion
— with Boris Charmatz after the performance on August, 19th
A production of Musée de la danse / Centre chorégraphique National de Rennes et de Bretagne – Direction Boris Charmatz. Coproduced by Festival d’Avignon, Théâtre de la Ville Paris, Festival d’Automne Paris, Internationales Sommerfestival Hamburg and the Siemens Foundation in the context of the project SCHAUPLÄTZE, Théâtre National de Bretagne Rennes, La Bâtie Festival de Genève, Kunstenfestivaldesarts Brussels. Supported by the French Department of Culture and Communication (Direction Régionale des Affaires Culturelles/ Bretagne), City of Rennes, Conseil régional de Bretagne, General Council of lle-et-Vilaine. Supported by the Institut francais and by Rennes Métropole (international tour).