Aatt enen tionon

date de creation: 
1996

choreography: Boris Charmatz
dancers: Boris Charmatz, Matthieu Burner, Lénio Kaklea

Through a tensely balanced trio, Aatt enen tionon invites the audience to examine dance from top to bottom, from the base to the apex. Within a structure built like a tower on three levels, each body is held hostage by its platform. Isolated, solitary and semi-naked, Boris Charmatz, Anna MacRae and Vincent Druguet interpret in a strictly disorderly manner a choreographic score which is precise and raw.
A radical piece created in 1996, Aatt enen tionon presents a form of dance which questions its very self, even though it is performed in conditions which would appear to render dance impossible. "There is no touching, no looking at one another, no ensemble work, no portés, no decorum and very little space - our organs now and then convey the tiniest of variations with simplicity and vigour".


Note of intention
Responsible, radical, engaged.
Young people full of life and good health - but isolated and solitary - dance as never before in a strict disorder.
Aatt enen tionon is a monolithic choreographic block far removed from flowing, varied mechanisms and far from sickly sweet insipid humanity.
The piece rejects every vague impulse to give in to sensationalist tricks that no longer suit us.
The set is important not so much for its sense of the spectacular as for isolating the protagonists: the choreographic approach resides in an interplay of solitudes and paradoxical tensions. There is no physical contact, no exchange of regards, no unisons, no lifts, no decorum and not much space to breathe; our organs sometimes steering the tiniest variations, with simplicity and vigor.

Boris Charmatz

lights: Yves Godin
sound: Hubertus Biermann, Olivier Renouf
music: PJ Harvey
technical direction: Erik Houllier or Frédéric Vannieuwhenuyse
thanks: pedagogical thanks to Gilles Touyard and Vincent Druguet ; Eric Colliard was at the origin of this project and actively supported it until his accidental death. This work is dedicated to him.
production Association edna ; Musée de la danse / CCNRB
coproduction La Halle aux Grains - Scène Nationale de Blois ; La Ferme du Buisson - Scène Nationale de Marne-la-Vallée ; La Bâtie - Festival of Geneva ; Les Hivernales - Avignon
Aids: A choreographic project subsidized by the French Ministry of Culture (Direction of Music and Dance - Dance Delegation)
This piece was aided with a residency at the National Choreographic Center of Franche-Comté at Belfort (direction Odile Duboc).
Aatt enen tionon premiered the 9th of February 1996 at La Halle aux Grains/Scène Nationale de Blois in the framework of the Festival Dansez Maintenant.