Choreography: Boris Charmatz

Created in 2011 with a group of children from Rennes, enfant is set up again in 2018 with a group of children from Berlin.

In his foreword to L’Inhumain, Jean-François Lyotard wrote:
“Shorn” of speech, incapable of standing upright, hesitating over the objects of its interest, not able to calculate its advantages, not sensitive to common reason, the child is eminently the human because its distress heralds and promises things possible. Its initial delay in humanity, which makes it the hostage of the adult community, is also what manifests to this community the lack of humanity it is suffering from and which calls on it to become more human.”

For the Cour d’honneur of the Popes Palace, Boris Charmatz will bring together an artistic team of 9 European professional dancers (from France, Greece, Portugal…) as well as 26 children living in Rennes. For the tour following the première it will be a smaller group of children.
Adept of crossings, of mutating revivals, Boris Charmatz manipulates the choreographic material in order to reveal its underlying paradoxes, to displace the certainties of the gaze. Dance from photographs, dance-sculpture, dance hole – each of his projects attempts a bringing together of plastic forms and body movements. After Levée des conflits, spiral of silhouettes caught in an endless circulation, his new creation submits the multitude to another question: how to produce frictions, physical events without using muscular energy? Continuing the research initiated with régi about the machines, he proposes a choreography for inert bodies – a transit area crossed by a disturbing element called enfant (child).

enfant, like a malleable, fragile and uncontrolled material. A charge of reality upsetting the balance of the scene. Carried, laid down by the dancers, the children’s bodies invade the space, broaden it, sculpt it. From their relationships grows a game of tension and relaxation that mixes vis inertiae and transformation process. A strange numb ballet unfolds, where small islands appear, mobile gatherings; from where unstable encounters emerge, hybrid morphologies – images suspended between the rest, the dream and the round… Progressively, the relations become reversed, the border between the big ones and the small ones, the professionals and the amateurs, the living and the dead becomes undone, leaving room for a mass to be, an impetuous cloud carrying everything away: invasion or recreation – which gives back to the children their role of aethetic and political unknown quantity inside the show’s equation.

Gilles Amalvi

The documentary des enfants directed by Sophie Laly brings a perspective to the children’s work throughout the project.

Running time: 1h

Interprétation :

2011: Eleanor Bauer, Nuno Bizarro, Matthieu Burner, Olga Dukhovna, Julien Gallée-Ferré, Lénio Kaklea, Maud Le Pladec, Thierry Micouin, Mani A. Mungai and a group of children from Rennes
2018: Ashley Chen, Olga Dukhovna, Nuno Bizarro, Matthieu Burner, Julien Gallée-Ferré, Peggy Grelat-Dupont, Maud Le Pladec, Thierry Micouin, Solène Wachter and a group of children from Berlin
Bagpipe: Erwan Keravec

Choreographic assistants: Julien Jeanne (2011), Johanna Lemke and Frank Willens (2018)
Costumes: Laure Fonvieille
Vocal training: Dalila Khatir
Lights: Yves Godin
General stage manager: Fabrice Le Fur
Sound: Olivier Renouf
Stage managers: Stéphane Potiron, François Aubry
Light technician (2011): Arnaud Lavisse
Sound technician: Pierre Routin
Dresser (2011): Stefani Gicquiaud
Machines Artefact: Frédéric Vannieuwenhuyse, Alexandre Diaz
Orchestration software: Luccio Stiz

Production direction: Sandra Neuveut, Martina Hochmuth, Amélie-Anne Chapelain
Production: Musée de la danse / Centre chorégraphique national de Rennes et de Bretagne – Directed by Boris Charmatz, is supported by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication - the Direction régionale des Affaires Culturelles, the city of Rennes, the regional Council of Brittany and the General Council of Ille-et-Vilaine.
Associate producers 2018: Musée de la danse, Volksbühne Berlin
Coproduction: Festival d’Avignon, Théâtre de la Ville-Paris, Festival d’Automne à Paris, Internationales Sommerfestival Hamburg and Siemens Stiftung in the frame of the project SCHAUPLÄTZE, Théâtre National de Bretagne (Rennes), La Bâtie-Festival de Genève, Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Bruxelles).
with the exceptional support of ministère de la Culture et de la Communication, le Conseil régional de Bretagne, la Ville de Rennes and Rennes Métropole
This project receives the support of the Institut français / Ville de Rennes for the international tour
in collaboration with la Ligue de l’enseignement d’Ille-et-Vilaine
Thanks to: Or Avishay, Pierre Mathiaut, Julia Cima, Raimund Hoghe

Created on July the 7th, 2011 for the Cour d’honneur of the Popes Palace, Festival d’Avignon
Re-creation June the 21st, 2018 for Volksbühne, Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin

Cover picture: © Raynaud De Lage / enfant, Festival d’Avignon 2011

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