Choreography: Boris Charmatz

Creation 2021
Première at Opéra de Lille, 09/11 - 10/11

I love the idea that choreographic ideas come when you’re lying down
when you’re falling asleep
when you’re somnolent

I would love to do a somnolent solo
inspired by these states of latency
and explore hibernation and its end
the undertow of daydreams and the scream of awakening

to explore the desire for passivity

and move around in sleep

in this solo I would like to make the work of the mind as visible as possible
let it be that which emerges

I wonder why I had never done a solo choreography

when I was little I practiced whistling during every recess
so as to imagine an entire whistled concert
I whistled mainly classical music

first I imagine an entirely whistled solo
made up of melodic reminiscences

and for once
I also imagine lights
a first draft
emergency exits lighting up one after another
a sort of drone flying overhead spotlights my movement
and probably a potent beam from backstage
backlighting that slants downward toward the audience
because, in the end, everything moves in their direction

Notes of intent - Boris Charmatz, april 2020

Running time: 1h

Interprétation :

Boris Charmatz

Choreographic assistant: Magali Caillet Gajan
Lights: Yves Godin
Costume collaboration: Marion Regnier
Vocal work: Dalila Khatir
With the advice of Bertrand Causse and Médéric Collignon
Sound materials inspired by J.S. Bach, A. Vivaldi,
B. Eilish, The Pink Panther, J. Kosma, E.
Morricone, birdsongs, G.F. Haendel, Stormy

Full list at the end of this article
General stage manager: Fabrice Le Fur
Light technician: Germain Fourvel
Deputy director [terrain]: Hélène Joly
Production direction: Lucas Chardon, Martina Hochmuth
Production managers: Jessica Crasnier, Briac Geffrault

Production and distribution : Terrain
With the support of Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels
Co-production: Opéra de Lille – Théâtre Lyrique
d’Intérêt National, le phénix - scène nationale de Valenciennes – pôle européen de création, Bonlieu - scène nationale d’Annecy, Charleroi Danse - Centre chorégraphique de Wallonie-Bruxelles (Belgium), Festival d’Automne à Paris, Festival de Marseille, Teatro Municipal do Porto, Helsinki Festival, Scène nationale d’Orléans, MC93 – Maison de la Culture de Seine-Saint-Denis (Bobigny), Pavillon ADC (Geneva)
With the support of Lafayette Anticipations –
Fondation d’entreprise Galeries Lafayette, dans
le cadre du programme Atelier en résidence
With the participation of the Jeune
théâtre national
Thanks to: Alban Moraud, Mette Ingvartsen, Iris Ingvartsen Charmatz, Xenia Ingvartsen Charmatz, Florentine Busson

Cover picture: © Marc Domage

On tour:

Du 28 au 29 mai 2025 – Teatro Cánovas, Málaga in Málaga (Spain)
Du 14 au 15 avril 2025 – Belgrade Dance Festival in Belgrade (Serbia)
Jeudi 20 février 2025 – Conde Duque, Centro de Cultura Contemporànea in Madrid (Spain)
Du 14 au 15 novembre – Le Triangle, Cité de la Danse avec le Théâtre National de Bretagne in Rennes (France)
Jeudi 7 novembre Saint-Omer – La Barcarolle in (France)
Du 7 au 8 octobre – le phénix, scène nationale de Valenciennes in Valenciennes (France)
Vendredi 27 septembre – Festival CAP Danse in Concarneau (France)
Vendredi 23 février – Centre Pompidou Metz in Metz (France)
Du 15 au 16 février – TAP scène nationale in Poitiers (France)
Du 8 au 10 février – 104 in Paris (France)
Du 11 au 12 janvier – Mille Plateaux, avec La Coursive in La Rochelle (France)
Mardi 9 janvier – L’Empreinte, Tulle in Tulle (France)
Du 28 au 29 octobre 2023 – Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels, Skirball in New York (USA)
Du 10 au 11 octobre 2023 – Romaeuropa Festival 2023 in Roma (Italia)
Du 4 au 5 octobre 2023 – Centre Pompidou Metz in Metz - Reporté à 2024 (France)