20 danseurs pour le XXe siècle
Conception: Boris Charmatz

How to dance in a library? In a lobby? How to dance in a public space, a reading room, a walkway, without losing oneself in it? How to make the dancing body visible among other bodies in transit? The Dancing Museum has chosen to foster teaching and dissemination by way of a panorama of twentieth-century dance. Performers with diverse backgrounds and from different generations take over the hallways, rooms, and stairways of institutions of learning, appropriating and exhibiting some of the landmark solos of the twentieth century.
As they stroll around, the audience may come across these strange visitors in motion dispersed around the building: they might discover a Merce Cunningham solo or a dance by Isadora Duncan, allowing everyone to build, each in his own way, a living, non-linear archive of dance in which they may forget themselves, pause, wander from echo to echo, from gesture to gesture…

Former versions of 20 Dancers for the XX Century were realised in collaboration with:
Les Champs Libres, Rennes, France – November 4, 2012
With Fabian Barba, Eleanor Bauer, Magali Caillet, Ashley Chen, Sonia Darbois, Raphaëlle Delaunay, Olga Dukhovnaya, Olivia Grandville, Peggy Grelat-Dupont, Lénio Kaklea, Benoît Lachambre, Catherine Legrand, Filipe Lourenço, Mani A. Mungai, Frédéric Seguette, Mark Tompkins, Roberte Tual (whose dance was transmitted by Brigitte Chataignier), The Conservatoire à rayonnement régional de Rennes (with the teachers Sylvain Richard, Florence Tissier and the students Arthur Debroise, Lucie Delachaume, Romane Morvan-Lemaire, Fanny Paris, Ariane Tissier).
MoMA Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA – October 18, 19 & 20, 2013
With Magali Caillet-Gajan, Ashley Chen, Jim Fletcher, Brennan Gerard, Trajal Harrell, Burr Johnson, Lénio Kaklea, Catherine Legrand, Morgan Lugo, Richard Move, Mani A. Mungai, Banu Ogan, Leiomy Prodigy, Christopher Roman, Shelley Senter, Valda Setterfield, Gus Solomons, John Sorensen-Jolink, Meg Stuart, Adam Weinert.
Foreign Affairs, Berlin, Germany – June 27 & 28, 2014
With Nuno Bizarro, Varinia Canto Vila, Ashley Chen, Raphaëlle Delaunay, Sara De Roo, Olga Dukhovnaya, Peggy Grelat-Dupont, Dmitry Gutov, Reinhild Hoffmann, Janez Janša, Lénio Kaklea, Matej Keižar, Jérôme Marin, Alex Mugler, Mani A. Mungai, Ko Murobushi, Sonja Pregrad, Frédéric Seguette, Sven Walser, Julian Weber
Tate Modern, London, United Kingdom – May 15 & 16, 2015
With Germaine Acogny, Pat Catterson, François Chaignaud, Julie Cunningham, Colin Dunne, Antonia Franceschi, Brennan Gerard, Samuel Lefeuvre, Vera Mantero, Ko Murobushi, Chrysa Parkinson, Sonia Pregrad, Marlène Saldana, Frédéric Seguette, Yasutake Shimaji, Big Shush, Asha Thomas, Julian Weber, Adam Weinert, Frank Willens.
Opéra national de Paris / Palais Garnier, France – From September 22 to October 11, 2015
With 20 dancers of the ballet of the Opéra national de Paris: Anémone Arnaud, Pascal Aubin, Caroline Bance, Marie-Solène Boulet, Alessio Carbone, Alexandra Cardinale, Jean-Baptiste Chavignier, Julia Cogan, Noëmie Djiniadhis, Grégory Gaillard , Marion Gautier de Charnacé, Juliette Gernez, Myriam Kamionka, Julie Martel, Samuel Murez, Caroline Osmont, Sofia Parcen, Benjamin Pech, Pierre Rétif, Stéphanie Romberg, Yann Saïz, Francesco Vantaggio, Hugo Vigliotti
Tanzkongress / Staatsoper Hannover, Hannover, Germany – June 16, 2016
With Germaine Acogny, Boglárka Börcsök, Ashley Chen, Raphaëlle Delaunay, Eduardo Ricardo Fernandes aka Dominant Nemak, Olga Dukhovnaya, Olivia Grandville, Trajal Harrell, Reinhild Hoffmann, Emmanuelle Huynh, Vera Mantero, Fabrice Mazliah, Mani Mungai, Chrysa Parkinson, Sonja Pregrad, Marlène Saldana, Karine Seneca, Julian Weber, Frank Willens, Thomas Wodianka. This edition dedicates a special thought to Ko Murobushi, dancer in this project.
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain – December 17, 2016
With Boglárka Börcsök, Magali Caillet-Gajan, François Chaignaud, Ashley Chen, Raphaëlle Delaunay, Olga Dukhovnaya, Antonia Franceschi, Latifa Laâbissi, La Ribot, Mark Lorimer, Filipe Lourenço, Vera Mantero, Fabrice Mazliah, Mani Mungai, Olga Pericet, Sonja Pregrad, Marlène Saldana, Frédéric Seguette, Frank Willens, Thomas Wodianka
MAC VAL, Musée d’art contemporain du Val-de-Marne, in the framework of the 19th Biennale de danse du Val-de-Marne de la Briqueterie – March 26, 2017
With Mithkal Alzghair, Nadia Beugré, Magali Caillet-Gajan, Dimitri Chamblas, Boris Charmatz, Ashley Chen, Raphaëlle Delaunay, Matthieu Doze, Olga Dukhovnaya, Yves-Noël Genod, Samuel Lefeuvre, Fabrice Mazliah, Mani Mungai, Lasseindra Ninja, Annabelle Pulcini, Yann Saïz, Marlène Saldana, Elisabeth Schwartz, Frank Willens

Running time: 3h to 5h approx.

Interprétation :

A group of dancers and perfomers is set up at each new version of the project.

Production direction: Sandra Neuveut, Martina Hochmuth, Amélie-Anne Chapelain
Production: Musée de la danse / Centre chorégraphique national de Rennes et de Bretagne – Direction: Boris Charmatz. Association supported by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication (Direction Régionale des Affaires Culturelles / Bretagne), the city of Rennes, the regional Council of Brittany and the General Council of Ille-et-Vilaine.
The Institut français contributes regularly to the international touring of the Musée de la danse.

20 Dancers for the XX Century premiered at Champs Libres in Rennes, France on November 4, 2012

Cover picture: © Nyima Leray / Fabián Barba in 20 danseurs pour le XXe siècle - Les Champs libres, Rennes

  • On tour:

    Du 7 au 8 mai – Centre Pompidou Metz in Metz (France)
    Du 23 au 24 avril – Bozar in Bruxelles (Belgium)
    Du 6 au 7 novembre 2021 – Opéra de Lille in Lille (France)
    Du 22 au 23 octobre 2021 – REGARDING GODDESSES Festival in Tel Aviv (Israel)
    Vendredi 10 septembre 2021 – [Triennale di Milano-] / Fondation Cartier in Milan (Italy)