10000 gesten ursula kaufmann
Show photographer Ursula Kaufmann

Boris Charmatz: 10000 gestures

  • Schedule

    Thu 25.8.2022 at 19:00

    Fri 26.8.2022 at 19:00

    Sat 27.8.2022 at 19:00

  • No intermission.
  • Artist discussion with Boris Charmatz after the performance on 25 August. The discussion will be in English.

One dancer slides onto the floor, bringing his chin level with his feet. Another walks backwards, hands first. A third plays air guitar with his foot. The performers of 10000 gestures make a total of 10,000 different moves without repeating a single one.

In its glowing review, British newspaper The Guardian called it “a thrilling blizzard of movement”, but it’s a performance that could just as well be described as antichoreography. When the dancers meet each other on the floor, they don’t mirror each other’s gestures or look for a common theme. It’s a cacophony of dance, with 25 dancers all approaching movement from different angles.

Choreographer Boris Charmatz has said of 10000 gestures that it’s a choreographic anti-museum – it does not preserve anything but rather always invents something new. Each moment is unique. Every move disappears to give way to the next.

The event is organised by Helsinki Festival.


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Choreographic assistant

Magali Caillet Gajan


Yves Godin


Jean-Paul Lespagnard

Vocal work

Dalila Khatir

General stage manager

Fabrice Le Fur

Stage manager

Max Potiron

Sound technician

Olivier Renouf

Light technician

Samuel Dosière


Marion Regnier

Deputy director [terrain]

Hélène Joly

Direction of productions

Lucas Chardon, Martina Hochmuth

Production managers

Jessica Crasnier, Briac Geffrault

Sound material

Requiem in D minor K.626 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791), performed by the Wiener Philharmoniker, conducted by Herbert von Karajan and recorded at the Wiener Musikverein in 1986 (1987 Polydor International GmbH, Hamburg); field recordings by Mathieu Morel in Mayfield, Manchester


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