5.8.12

Flip book choreographer Boris Charmatz

In his latest project, Flip book, the French choreographer Boris Charmatz is using the work of Merce Cunningham, the great American master of postmodern dance. The starting point for this piece is David Vaughn’s book Merce Cunningham: Fifty Years, containing photos and drawings of all his creations and portraits of him and his dancers too.

Charmatz: ‘All these pictures together represent almost his entire oeuvre, but also form a piece of choreography in themselves, in a way that is very similar to the method Cunningham uses in his creative process: dance is to be found between two poses or positions. I think it must be possible to create a piece that starts from this sequence of images, performed from beginning to end.’

In this way, Flip book is ‘the story of a life’s work captured in a book which in its turn is transformed into a performance by a handful of dancers’.

Centre chorégraphique national de Rennes et de Bretagne

 © Boris Charmatz "Flip Book" © Pierre Ricc

© Boris Charmatz "Flip Book" © Pierre Ricc