expo zéro
Conception: Boris Charmatz

expo zéro is an exhibition project without any works: no photographs, no sculptures, no installations or videos. Zero things, not one stable object. But artists, areas occupied by the gestures, projects, bodies, stories, dances which everyone will choose to imagine. From this principle, ten personalities (artists, architects, theorists...) will be invited in residence into a place where they will afterwards present to the visitors their own visions, subjective and utopian, of what a "dancing museum" could be.
A kind of "think tank" with moving objectives, expo zéro wishes to invite art in its most volatile manifestations. Through analysis, description, performance, movements and ideas which each "guide-artist" will develop with the audience, the geography, will be drawn of this expanding territory.

Visit the website and read the catalogue of expo zero

expo zéro has been presented at:
Le Garage - Musée de la danse, Rennes, France (2009 - Sept 19, 20)
With Boris Charmatz, Raphaëlle Delaunay, Vincent Dunoyer, Anne Juren, Faustin Linyekula (dancers and choreographers), Tim Etchells, Janez Janša (artists and writers), Georg Schöllhammer (curator and author), Sylvie Mokhtari in partnership with Nathalie Boulouch (members of les Archives de la Critique d’Art).
LiFE, St-Nazaire, France (2009 - Oct 3, 4)
With Boris Charmatz, Raphaëlle Delaunay (dancers and choreographers), Laurent Chétouane (theatre director and choreographer), Yves-Noël Genod (actor and theatre director), Janez Janša (artist and writer), Michael Riedel (visual artist), Gerald Siegmund (dance theorist), Cosmin Costinaș (author and curator) and Yves Godin (light designer).
Flying Circus Project, Singapore (2009, Nov 7, 8)
With Boris Charmatz, Franois Chaignaud, Padmini Chettur, Mette Ingvartsen, Donna Miranda, Joavien Ng (dancers and choreographers), Yves-Noël Genod (actor and theatre director), Heman Chong (visual artists), Ong Keng Sen (theatre director, curator and performance theorist) and Torrance Goh/FARM (architects)
BAK basis voor actuele kunst - Festival Springdance (coproduction), Utrecht, Netherlands (2010, April 16, 17)
With Boris Charmatz, deufert&plischke, Valda Setterfield, Sigal Zouk Harder (dancers and choreographers), Heman Chong, Sung Hwan Kim (artists), Cosmin Costinaş (curator), Nikolaus Hirsch (architect), Boyan Manchev (philosopher).
Performa Hub, Performa 11, New York, United States (2011, Nov 1 – 6)
With Alex Baczynski-Jenkins , Eleanor Bauer, Boris Charmatz, Lénio Kaklea, Valda Setterfield (dancers and choreographers) , Jim Fletcher (actor), Heman Chong (artist), Marcus Steinweg (philosopher), Fadi Toufiq (writer), Jan Liesegang (architect)
Kunstsaele Berlin (2014, July 12, 13), in the framework of Focus: Musée de la danse/Boris Charmatz, Foreign Affairs, Berliner Festspiele, Berlin, Germany
With Claire Bishop, Boris Charmatz, Tim Etchells, Hu Fang, Mette Ingvartsen, Pichet Klunchun, Rabih Mroué, David Riff, Shelley Senter, Meg Stuart
Tate Modern, If Tate Modern was Musée de la danse?, London, United Kingdom (2015, May 15, 16)
With Claire Bishop, Heman Chong, Tim Etchells, Martin Hargreaves, Mette Ingvartsen, Janez Janša, Sung Hwan Kim, Pichet Klunchun, David Riff, Shelley Senter
Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland (2016, May 7)
With Boris Charmatz, Pawel Althamer, Romain Bigé, Boris Charmatz, Julie Cunningham, Janez Janša, Boris Ondreička, Chrysa Parkinson, Emily Roysdon, Marlène Saldana, Frank Willens

Production direction: Sandra Neuveut, Martina Hochmuth, Amélie-Anne Chapelain
Production: Musée de la danse / Centre chorégraphique national de Rennes et de Bretagne directed by Boris Charmatz, is supported by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication - the Direction régionale des Affaires Culturelles, the city of Rennes, the regional Council of Brittany and the General Council of lle-et-Vilaine.
The Institut français regularly contributes to the international touring of the Musée de la danse-Dancing Museum.

Cover picture: © Collectif g.u.i (Nicolas Couturier and Benjamin Gomez)