“Watching people eat is a strange form of aesthetic observation, an activity with an almost monstrous aspect. Dance is absolutely fixated on the ideal of a fragile, ethereal body. A theme which at first sight is as ‘simple’ as it is rich in formal, conceptual possibilities. There is a contradiction which I really like: eating is entirely unspectacular, an almost invisible process. At the same time eating can very quickly appear demonstrative and loaded with symbols: greedily gobbling things down, making a mess of yourself, eating so much you kill yourself like in Marco Ferreri's The Grande Bouffe, eating a banana and emphasising the sexual connotations. So far the banal and thoroughly everyday act of eating has hardly ever been used in choreography. It's basically about making things disappear. It's more a process of disappearance than of showing or presentation.” (Boris Charmatz)

In both his most successful pieces Levée des Conflits (2010) and enfant (2011) dancer and choreographer Boris Charmatz undercuts expectations and laws of form, breaks with routines and works on the extension of choreographic space. In his latest work Boris Charmatz concentrates on a theme which is as timeless as it is topical: Eating. This is linked to an extensive playing field of symbolic reference and complex problems of a global scale: overpopulation, over-production, nutrition, junk food, shortages, restraint and excess.

Conception —
Interpretation —
Or Avishay, Nuno Bizarro, Ashley Chen, Olga Dukhovnaya, Alix Eynaudi, Julien Gallé-Férrée, Peggy Grelat, Christophe Ives, Maud Le Pladec, Filipe Lourenço, Mark Lorimer, Mani A. Mungai, Matthieu Barbin, Marlène Saldana und 5 Kinder aus Rennes
Assistance —
Thierry Micouin
Light —
Yves Godin
Sound —
Olivier Renouf
Musical coach singing —
Dalila Khatir
Technic —
Mathieu Morel


— 23. September 2014
Further dates
— 24. 26. 27. September

Vouchers for the season 2014 are available online.

  • Tue23Sep
    Beginnzeit tba.
    on 23. September 2014 at 8.00 PM
  • Wed24Sep
    Beginnzeit tba.
    on 24. September 2014 at 8.00 PM
  • Fri26Sep
    on 26. September 2014 at 8.00 PM
  • Sat27Sep
    on 27. September 2014 at 8.00 PM


Musiktheater mit dem Ensemble Modern Orchestra, inszeniert von Heiner Goebbels
24. August 2013, 15. August 2014, 16. August 2014, 17. August 2014, 22. August 2014, 23. August 2014
Kraftzentrale, Duisburg
A film by Matthew Barney and Jonathan Bepler
31. August 2014
A production of Musée de la danse in coproduction with Ruhrtriennale, Steirischer Herbst, Graz, Théâtre National de Bretagne, Rennes, Festival d’Automne, Paris, Théâtre de la Ville, Paris, Montpellier Danse, Holland Festival Amsterdam.