Boris Charmatz

14-16 December 2021
Portrait of Boris Charmatz

Église Saint-Eustache

Boris Charmatz
60 min env.

In 2021, Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels is supporting SOMNOLE, the new creation by Boris Charmatz, presented as part of the Festival d’Automne à Paris.

“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 make a drowsy solo

inspired by these states of latency

and explore the depths and end of hibernation

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 have never done a solo

as a child I practiced whistling during every break

so as to imagine an entire whistled concert

My whistled repertoire was mainly classical music


first I imagine an entirely whistled solo

made up of melodic memories


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 powerful beam from backstage

backlighting and slanting downward toward the audience

because everything ultimately moves in their direction”


Boris Charmatz, April 2020


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Boris Charmatz

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

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