Philadelphia Museum of Dance explores the tension between public and private experience and seeks to offer alternate possibilities for exhibiting dance performance, including the idea of public choreographic assembly, a signature concept for Boris Charmatz.
Whet your appetite at FringeArts, where two performances of French choreographer Boris Charmatz’ manger implore audiences to examine the nature of eating, of digesting information, of consuming. To attend manger is to witness this challenge up close.
“We launch movement with our mouths... Dance is in the stomach. Dance is in the palate. Dance is in the teeth... We envision a sort of meal in motion, we eat everything, we eat anything, all the time. We are an orchestra in motion, self-fueled... The essence is jammed down the throat. You don’t want to die stuffed. You swallow the message without having read it. You swallow reality. You digest conflicts.”
— Boris Charmatz
On Saturday, October 6, see the Barnes Foundation transform. From
The day features performers from Philadelphia and New York and comes to a close with Charmatz’ own company performing danse de nuit—a work for six dancers assembling in a public space at night. danse de nuit rethinks choreographic assembly and grapples with Charmatz’ observation, “In (our) public spaces (now) there are many more armed soldiers than (unarmed) dancers.”At Philadelphia Museum of Dance, observe one moment, participate the next. Explore what it means to you to experience dance in a public space.