SOMNOLE by Boris Charmatz, Festival d’Automne à Paris 2021

Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels — Published on Jun 1st, 2021

Boris Charmatz at the Grand Palais

After a series of group performances and collective events, Boris Charmatz is returning to the minimalist format of dance solos with a refined cerebral choreography, accompanied only by the sheer sound of whistling: a vaporous dance that transports familiar melodies and concretions of slumberous gestures.


Whistling for yourself, is “like a rough sketch of a steady center in the heart of chaos…” modeling movement in tune with the breath floating from your lips. Inventing your own ever-expanding world – a land of familiar refrains that give way to gestures; whistling a note, forging a melody, then another – like a fleeting map of a state of mind. Following from infini, a show overflowing with orality in which numbers, put into words, flowed from body to body, Boris Charmatz executes a radical slimming of the senses and physical activity. In SOMNOLE, the air escaping in a whistle connects with materializing movement, tenuously interweaving dance and music. As melodies surface, blend and break apart, different states of attachment develop between the sound and the physical dynamics – in turns deliberate, halting, sleepy and acute. Like a body seeking sleep, Boris Charmatz invents an insomniac dance, a refuge of rhythms and refrains at the frontier between waking dreams and opaque reverie.

Gilles Almavi for the Festival d’Automne à Paris.


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In 2021, Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels is supporting Boris Charmatz for his creation SOMNOLE.


Photo: Boris Charmatz © Sébastien Dolidon



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Portrait of Boris Charmatz moving

Boris Charmatz

In 2021, Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels is supporting choreographer Boris Charmatz for his creation SOMNOLE.

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