French choreographer and dancer. Was born in 1973. One of the leading choreographers in the world. Currently heads Musee de la Danse (Museum of dance), which he created in 2009 on the basis of the Rennes and Brittany National Choreographic Center.
Boris constantly takes part in the Festival d’Avignon, in 2011 he presented there “The Child” with the participation of 26 children, and in 2013 – in collaboration with Anna Teresa de Keersmaeker, the leader of Belgian contemporary dance, –”The Second Partita”. Charmatz is one of the leaders of the “not dance” movement.
The choreographer exists in an ongoing dialogue with the history of world dance: in 2009 he created “50 years of dance” dedicated to Merce Cunningham, and in 2014 he took part in the Berlin Foreign Affairs Festival with dance installation, located in five different places (incl. museum & church) – it reflected the evolution of dance culture. He often takes part in his own performances, being convinced in the performative significance of the artist’s presence.
Boris Charmatz prefers to improvise, he and his dancers tend to exist on the principle of overcoming: they combine dance and reading, might be constrained in their movements by inconvenient clothes, or dance and digest paper sheets at the same time.