Boris Charmatz

Two dancers on the floor, one kneeling over the other, wearing a mask and hood and holding a book.
Boris Charmatz
105 min

In 2023, Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels is supporting Boris Charmatz for the creation of Emmitouflé and its presentation at the Centre Pompidou-Metz.

"I can hardly forget those burning moments...

We came in the spring to present 20 Dancers for the 20th Century...

We came in the fall to present our impromptu, Ring My Bell...

We have two seasons left to connect with Vivaldi and the fragile climate of our Europe in tension...

The Centre Pompidou-Metz is famous for its architecture by Shigeru Ban, but Chiara Parisi showed us to an undeveloped space, a bit neglected, strange, called the North Triangle. Slippery cobblestones, vegetation growing freely on perforated earth, a feeling like the landscape in Tarkovsky’s Stalker… We imagine taking you there in a raw performance, swaddled, dancing no matter the cost. We know Singing in the Rain is the best dance movie of all time, and the best rock festivals take place in the mud, so... come covered, very covered - and once you are well covered, add another layer.

During this open-air experimental performance, Marion Barbeau will dart through wild grass, a poem by Christophe Tarkos will serve as a dance lesson, the punk dancer Frank Willens will improvise in the industrial remains, I will dance a duet with Emmanuelle Huynh to Ravel's Bolero in extreme conditions... and sometimes we will all dance like crazy to warm up our feet in the mud to the sound of a DJ-turned-mole by Philippe Quesne.

The Centre Pompidou-Metz is a place where visitors can enjoy works and artists in action. And sometimes the visitors get their shirts wet, which is not without beauty -

THE WINTER of dance… Do you dare?”

Boris Charmatz


Bring warm clothing.

Photo: © Boris Charmatz [terrain]

About the artist

Portrait of Boris Charmatz moving

Boris Charmatz

In 2023, Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels is supporting the choreographer Boris Charmatz for his creation Liberté Cathédrale and its presentation at Théâtre de la Ville and as part of the Biennale de la danse de Lyon. The initiative has also presented SOMNOLE in collaboration with NYU Skirball in New York.

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two men dressed warmly, one holding a book, the other with his hands on the ground.
01 / 04 — Emmitouflé, Boris Charmatz © Boris Charmatz [terrain]
two men in the background, on a snowy ground and in the fog
02 / 04 — Emmitouflé, Boris Charmatz © Boris Charmatz [terrain]
Two men wearing hoods and masks, one reading a book
03 / 04 — Emmitouflé, Boris Charmatz © Boris Charmatz [terrain]
two men on the ground, one holding the legs of the other
04 / 04 — Emmitouflé, Boris Charmatz © Boris Charmatz [terrain]