Boris Charmatz: Levée des conflits

Musée de la danse — Choreography for 24 dancers at Halde Haniel

  • © Gianmarco Bresadola /
    (c) Gianmarco Bresadola /
  • © Michael Kneffel
    (c) Michael Kneffel
  • © Michael Kneffel
    (c) Michael Kneffel

URGENT: Boris Charmatz: Levée des conflits takes place today, sunday august 25 in Lichthof Bottrop instead of Halde Haniel.

The Performance of Levée des conflits today, sunday august 25 takes place at Lichthof des Berufskollegs der Stadt Bottrop instead of Halde Haniel. Due to heavy rain last night the security for audience and artists can not be guaranteed on Halde Haniel.

There are Shuttlebusses from the parking space at Bergwerks Prosper Haniel (Fernewaldstraße, Navi: Birkhahnweg, Bottrop) to Lichthof and back. Please pay attention that there is very limited parking space around Lichthof and use the shuttle service from Bergwerk Prosper Haniel.

Adress of the new venue: Lichthof des Berufskolleg der Stadt Bottrop, An der Berufsschule 20, 46236 Bottrop

The busshuttle from Essen mainstation and Jahrhunderthalle Bochum takes place as planned.


The French dancer, choreographer, and curator Boris Charmatz subverts expectations and formal laws, breaking with routines and expanding the space of choreography, as can be seen in his masterpiece enfant. Depending on whether he works in a theater, a museum, a soccer field, or, as he does here, at the pinnacle of a HaldeHaniel, each new place, each shift of perspective inscribes new meanings into the performance. In this way, Levée des conflits (The Lifting of Conflicts)—oscillates between sculpture, installation, dance, and contrat social.

Levée des conflits is the performance of a fascinating paradox: strictly organized like a canon and yet as chaotic as a twisted knot. A solo performance becomes a labyrinthine image of movement, a stereotypical gesture grows into a powerful vortex. The dancers spell out one after the other a dense vocabulary of cultural and historically charged gestures, developing, imitating, repeating a movement that is then absorbed by the next, until all come together in an overwhelming, furious composition. This choreography is always about the individual voice and the chorus at the same time, an immanent uprising and immediate paralysis, structure and the void, thesis and antithesis, crisis and utopia. All too complex? No, simply fantastic.

Choreography —
Light —
Yves Gordin
Dancers —
Or Avishay, Mattieu Barbin, Eleanor Bauer, Simon Tanguy, Magali Caillet-Gajan, Ashley Chen, Sonia Darbois, Peggy Grelat-Dupont, Gaspard Guilbert, Kerem Gelebek, Christophe Ives, Dominique Jégou, Lénio Kaklea, Jurij Konjar, Élise Ladoué, Catherine Legrand, Maud Le Pladec, Naiara Mendioroz, Andreas Albert Müller, Mani A. Mungai, Élise Olhandéguy, Qudus Onikeku, Felix Ott, Annabelle Pulcini
Dancer —
Olga Dukhovnaya


— 24. August 2013
Further dates
— 25. August
— 1h 40min
— 25 €
Reduced prices start at 12,50 €

Shuttlebus from Essen and Bochum

There are shuttlebusses from Essen railwaystation and JHH Bochum toHalde Haniel and retour. Register in the calendar (see below).

Bus transfer parking Halde Haniel

from the parking of Prosper Haniel to the mountain-arena on Halde Haniel drives a shuttlebus, which isincluded in the ticket price, no registration necessary.

  • Sat24Aug
    Boris Charmatz: Levée des conflits on 24. August 2013 at 8.00 PM
  • Sun25Aug
    Boris Charmatz: Levée des conflits on 25. August 2013 at 8.00 PM


William Forsythe, Boris Charmatz
24. August 2013
Museum Folkwang, Essen

Press Comments

Ein Abend wie ein Sog, dem sich der Zuschauer nicht entziehen kann. Virtuos. Mitreißend. Voller Energie.

— Annette Stiekele, Hamburger Abendblatt, 08.08.2012

A Musée de la danse/Centre choréographique national de Rennes et de Bretagne production, directed by Boris Charmatz. Supported by the City of Rennes ministry of culture and communication (Direction Régionale des Affaires Culturelles / Bretagne), the City of Rennes, Conseil régional Bretagne and Conseil général of Ille-et-Vilaine. Coproduced by Théâtre National de Bretagne à Rennes, Théâtre de la Ville-Paris/Festival d'Automne à Paris, Manifesta 8 (Murcia, Cartagena, Spain), ERSTE Foundation, supported by Teatro Maria Matos/Lisbon, Chassé Theater/Breda, Kunstenfestivaldesarts/Brussels. Kindly supported by Institut français/Ville de Rennes.

With the friendly support of Institut français.