Tate Modern Performance

Roman photo

Boris Charmatz, Roman Photo Photo: Brotherton Lock © Tate Photography 2015

Boris Charmatz, Roman Photo Photo: Brotherton Lock © Tate Photography 2015

Boris Charmatz, Roman Photo Photo: Brotherton Lock © Tate Photography 2015

Boris Charmatz, Roman Photo Photo: Brotherton Lock © Tate Photography 2015

Boris Charmatz, Roman Photo

Boris Charmatz Roman Photo

Boris Charmatz Roman Photo

Taking David Vaughan’s Merce Cunningham: Fifty Years (1997), which charts in pictures Merce Cunningham’s choreography over 50 years, Boris Charmatz invited different groups of dancers – from ex-members of Cunningham’s company, to amateur practitioners – to learn and perform Vaughan’s images as a speeded-up version of Cunningham’s language.

Three years after his performance of Flip Book at Tate Modern in The Tanks, the choreographer presents a new version with London based amateurs.

In Merce Cunningham: Fifty Years, all Cunningham is included: pictures from every piece, and Merce is portrayed from the age of five... when I read this book, it came to my mind that the collection of the pictures was not only about nearly all the projects that he did until now, but formed a choreography in itself close to Cunningham's processes to create dance: dance happens in between the postures, between two positions, and I guess we could invent a piece from this score of pictures, performed from beginning to end. On the one hand it would be a purely "fake Cunningham" piece, but on the other hand, I think if we succeed that it could become a real one, a real Cunningham piece, a Meta-Cunningham event with a glimpse of his entire life and work…

I consider this experience as an integral part of our research, of our specific interest for the issue of archive, history and scores, which could meet here its tumultuous dimension: the entire history of a life's work become book, transformed in its turn into a performance elaborated by a handful of dancers.
Boris Charmatz

Credits

Conception: Boris Charmatz
Adaptation by Olivia Grandville
Tate Modern co-ordination auditions and rehearsals: Stephanie Busson
Performed by: Sara Ayres, Jamie Atherton, Nigel Campbell, Caroline Evans, Pedro Faccio, Konstantinos Foskolos, Guy Grant, Stefan Jovanović, Hannah Kemp-Welch, Fábio Machado, Valerie McNulty, Marianne Moore, Fiontán Moran, Maryanne Ogbogbo, Gur Piepskovitz, Limore Racin, Jocelyn-Jane Taylor, Blanca Ulloa, Chiara Vascotto, Lara Voggensperger, Simon Wallace
Light: Yves Godin
Sound: Olivier Renouf
Duration 30 minutes

Production Musée de la danse / Centre chorégraphique national de Rennes et de Bretagne - Direction: Boris Charmatz. Association subventionnée par le Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication (Direction Régionale des Affaires Culturelles / Bretagne), la Ville de Rennes, le Conseil régional de Bretagne et le Conseil général d’Ille-et-Vilaine. Culturesfrance contribue régulièrement aux tournées internationales du Musée de la danse.

Thanks to LiFE (St Nazaire), HZT (Berlin), Centre de Développement Chorégraphique (Toulouse).

Tate Modern

Bankside
London SE1 9TG
Plan your visit

Dates

15–16 May 2015

Find out more