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Boris Charmatz/Musée de la danse

20 Dancers for the XX Century

27 to 28 Oct. 2018

Raphaëlle Delaunay in 20 Dancers for the XX Century by Boris Charmatz / Musée de la danse at Les Champs Libres (FR), Rennes, 2012. Nyima Leray © Musée de la danse

Raphaëlle Delaunay in 20 Dancers for the XX Century by Boris Charmatz / Musée de la danse at Les Champs Libres (FR), Rennes, 2012. Nyima Leray © Musée de la danse

Under the title A Short Century, the new display of the MACBA Collection sets out a chronological, yet non-linear itinerary from 1929 to the present day. This century of barely ninety years brings together a number of key works that highlight some of the fundamental tensions produced over the last century: those within the artistic movements themselves, and in relation to other cultural manifestations and their social-political context. One of the hallmarks of the collection is its response to the canonical narratives of art history while building new narratives about modernity and the present day from a place as unique as the city of Barcelona, in the south of Europe but in the north of the Mediterranean, and in so doing to rethink the possibility of resituating the city within the European discourse.

20 Dancers for the XX Century will be presented in the Museum in the context of the programme that the Mercat de les Flors is dedicating to the work of Boris Charmatz. Because the history of art and that of the Museum is not only shaped by objects and because dance and choreography are an inseparable part of the most radical experimentations of twentieth-century art.

20 Dancers for the XX Century is conceived as a living archive. Twenty artists from different generations perform, recall, appropriate and transmit solo dance pieces from the twentieth century that were once famous but are now forgotten. In their day, they were created and performed by some of the most pre-eminent dancers, choreographers and artists of the modern and post-modern scene. Each dancer will present their own dance museum, a space in which the body is central. Therefore, there will be no stage or demarcation of the performance area, with the artists wandering freely through the galleries on the ground and first floors of the Museum, which house the works from the Collection.

So among works by artists such as Anni Albers, Alexander Calder, Gordon Matta Clark, the Guerrilla Girls, Martha Rosler, Basquiat and Juan Muñoz, various dancers will interpret works by Merce Cunningham, Sanja Iveković, Michael Jackson and Pina Bausch.

From Aatt enen tionon (1996) to 10000 Gestures (2017), the dancer and choreographer Boris Charmatz has produced a series of truly memorable pieces. As well as touring extensively, he regularly takes part in improvisation events with Saul Williams, Archie Shepp and Médéric Collignon, and continues to work as a dancer with Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and Tino Sehgal.

Project: Boris Charmatz / Musée de la danse
Production: Musée de la danse / Centre chorégraphique national de Rennes et de Bretagne
Direction: Boris Charmatz

With the participation of:
Nadia Beugré, Boglarka Börcsök, Boris Charmatz, Ashley Chen, Raphaëlle Delaunay, Olga Dukhovna, Jacquelyn Elder, João Fiadeiro, Dmitry Gutov, Mai Ishiwata, Laurence Laffon, Samuel Lefeuvre, Mark Lorimer, Filipe Lourenço, Fabrice Mazliah, Mani Mungai, Sonja Pregrad, Sonia Sanchez, Javier Vaquero Ollero and Frank Willens.

Organized by Mercat de les Flors in collaboration with the MACBA.

Programme

SATURDAY 27 AND SUNDAY 28
Venue: Museum galleries

Saturday 27, from 4 pm to 8 pm
Free admission thanks to Uniqlo

Sunday 28, from 11 am to 3 pm
Admission: Admission with the museum ticket and Passi card, and for Friends of MACBA. Limited places. Ticket includes free admission to the exhibitions.

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Free MACBA Saturday thanks to Uniqlo

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