SOMNOLE
Choreography: Boris Charmatz

Creation 2021
Première at Opéra de Lille, 09/11 - 10/11

I love the idea that choreographic ideas come when you’re lying down
when you’re falling asleep
when you’re somnolent

I would love to do a somnolent solo
inspired by these states of latency
and explore hibernation and its end
the undertow of daydreams and the scream of awakening

to explore the desire for passivity

and move around in sleep

in this solo I would like to make the work of the mind as visible as possible
let it be that which emerges

I wonder why I had never done a solo choreography

when I was little I practiced whistling during every recess
so as to imagine an entire whistled concert
I whistled mainly classical music

first I imagine an entirely whistled solo
made up of melodic reminiscences

and for once
I also imagine lights
a first draft
emergency exits lighting up one after another
a sort of drone flying overhead spotlights my movement
and probably a potent beam from backstage
backlighting that slants downward toward the audience
because, in the end, everything moves in their direction

Notes of intent - Boris Charmatz, april 2020

Running time: 1h approx.

Interprétation :

Boris Charmatz

Choreographic assistant: Magali Caillet Gajan
Lights: Yves Godin
Sound engineer: Alban Moraud
Costumes: Marion Regnier
Vocal work: Dalila Khatir
With the advice of Médéric Collignon and Bertrand Causse
General stage manager: Fabrice Le Fur
Light technician: Germain Fourvel
Production direction: Martina Hochmuth, Hélène Joly
Production managers: Florentine Busson, Briac Geffrault

Production and distribution : [terrain]
With the support of Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels
In the framework of Atelier en résidence / Lafayette Anticipations – Fondation d’entreprise Galeries Lafayette
Co-production: Opéra de Lille, le phénix - scène nationale de Valenciennes – pôle européen de création, Bonlieu - scène nationale d’Annecy, International Arts Festival REGARDING…, Charleroi Danse - Centre chorégraphique de Wallonie-Bruxelles (Belgium), Festival d’Automne à Paris, Festival de Marseille, Teatro Municipal do Porto, Scène nationale d’Orléans, MC93 – Maison de la Culture de Seine-Saint-Denis (Bobigny), Pavillon ADC (Geneva) [ongoing]

Cover picture: © Sébastien Dolidon

On tour:

Vendredi 10 juin 2022 – Festival Uzès danse in Uzès (France)
Mardi 5 avril 2022 – Pavillon ADC in Genève (Switzerland)
Du 2 au 4 mars 2022 – Bonlieu, scène nationale in Annecy (France)
Du 25 au 27 février 2022 – Montpellier danse in Montpellier (France)
Du 18 au 19 février 2022 – La Raffinerie - Charleroi Danse in Bruxelles (Belgium)
Mercredi 26 janvier 2022 – Scène nationale d’Orléans in Orléans (France)
Du 19 au 23 janvier 2022 – MC93 in Bobigny (France)
Du 14 au 16 décembre – Eglise Saint-Eustache - Festival d’Automne à Paris in Paris (France)
Mardi 30 novembre – Espaces Pluriels in Pau (France)
Mardi 23 novembre – Maison de la Culture d’Amiens in Amiens (France)
Du 16 au 18 novembre – le phénix in Valenciennes (France)
Du 9 au 10 novembre – Opéra de Lille in Lille (France)

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