For 10000 gestures, I envision a choreographic forest in which no dancer ever repeats any of the gestures, each of which will be shown only once and will vanish as soon as it has been executed, like an ode to the impermanence of the art of dance. This shower of movements, which could have been a data project generated by lists of digital parameters, will be instead generated in an artisanal way, using the very bodies of the performers, in an absolutely subjective way. The visual hypnosis exerted by the explosion of movements will have a corresponding meditative, or even melancholic, aspect: the "gift" of movements doomed to symbolic disappearance.
This idea came to me as I was watching the "permanent" version of Levée des conflits, danced at MoMA: in Levée des conflits, we construct a sculpture that aims at immobility, but which is animated by a crowd of dancers who ensure a permanent presence of movement maintained through its indefinite transmission. In 10000 gestes, by contrast, it is the ephemeral taken to the extreme that engenders the gaze and the thought of the spectator. The chaos of expenditure is so perfect that it vergers on immobility.
In line with other projects of the Musée de la danse, 10000 gestes constitutes a choreographic anti-museum aiming to explore the means of escaping the instinct and the strategies of preservation at work in the activity of a dancer... It will be matter of exploring the possibility that one gesture is never completed by another, and that, if 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, or 25 dancers come in contact, each still executes a gesture distinguished from those of others through the exclusion of any symmetrical movement: in this piece, it is impossible to shake someone’s hand. The collection thus constituted is also an anti-collection, since no choreographer worthy of the name would risk incorporating 10000 gestes in his or her score, and this totality cannot be comprehended other than by the idea that generated it.
With: Djino Alolo Sabin, Salka Ardal Rosengren, Or Avishay, Régis Badel, Jessica Batut, Nadia Beugré, Alina Bilokon, Nuno Bizarro, Matthieu Burner, Dimitri Chamblas, Olga Dukhovnaya, Sidonie Duret, Bryana Fritz, Alexis Hedouin, Kerem Gelebek, Rémy Héritier, Samuel Lefeuvre, Johanna-Elisa Lemke, Noé Pellencin, Maud Le Pladec, Mani Mungai, Solene Wachter, Frank Willens
Choreographic assistant: Magali Caillet-Gajan
Costumes: Jean-Paul Lespagnard
Vocal training: Dalila Khatir
Lights: Yves Godin
General stage manager: Fabrice Le Fur
Sound technician: Olivier Renouf
Dresser: Marion Régnier
Sound material: Requiem in D minor K.626 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791), performed by the Wiener Philharmoniker conducted by Herbert von Karajan and recorded at the Wiener Musikverein in 1986 (1987 Polydor International GmbH, Hamburg); field recordings by Mathieu Morel in Mayfield, Manchester
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. The association receives grants from the Ministry of Culture and Communication (Regional Direction of Cultural Affairs / Brittany), the City of Rennes, the Regional Council of Brittany and Ille-et-Vilaine Departemental Council.
The Institut français regularly supports the international touring of Musée de la danse.
Coproduction: Volksbühne Berlin, Manchester International Festival (MIF), Théâtre National de Bretagne-Rennes, Festival d’Automne à Paris, Chaillot - Théâtre national de la Danse (Paris), Wiener Festwochen, Sadler’s Wells London, Taipei Performing Arts Center
Thanks to: Julie Cunningham, Jolie Ngemi, Marlène Saldana, Le Triangle – cité de la danse, Charleroi Danses - Centre chorégraphique de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, P.A.R.T.S., Archivio Alighiero Boetti and Fondazione Alighiero e Boetti ; Chiara Oliveri Bertola / Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea
10000 gestes premiered on September Thursday 14, Friday 15, Saturday 16, Sunday 17 2017 Volksbühne, Tempelhof, Berlin, Germany