Choreography: Boris


Aatt enen tionon

Through a tensely balanced trio, Aatt enen tionon invites the audience to examine dance from top to bottom, from the base to the apex. Within a structure built like a tower on three levels, each body is held hostage by its platform. Isolated, solitary and semi-naked, Matthieu Burner, Boris Charmatz and Olga Dukhovnaya interpret in a strictly disorderly manner a choreographic score which is precise and raw. A radical piece created in 1996, Aatt enen tionon presents a form of dance which questions its very self, even though it is performed in conditions which would appear to render dance impossible. “There is no touching, no looking at one another, no ensemble work, no portés, no decorum and very little space – our organs now and then convey the tiniest of variations with simplicity and vigour”.


Note of intention: Responsible, radical, engaged. Young people full of life and good health - but isolated and solitary - dance as never before in a strict disorder. Aatt enen tionon is a monolithic choreographic block far removed from flowing, varied mechanisms and far from sickly sweet insipid humanity. The piece rejects every vague impulse to give in to sensationalist tricks that no longer suit us. The set is important not so much for its sense of the spectacular as for isolating the protagonists: the choreographic approach resides in an interplay of solitudes and paradoxical tensions. There is no physical contact, no exchange of regards, no unisons, no lifts, no decorum and not much space to breathe; our organs sometimes steering the tiniest variations, with simplicity and vigor.


Eric Colliard was at the origin of this project. This work is dedicated to him.

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Vertical structure

Gilles Touyard


Yves Godin


Hubertus Biermann

Olivier Renouf

Technical direction

Fabrice Le Fur


Association edna, Musée de la danse / Centre chorégraphique national de Rennes et de Bretagne – Direction: Boris Charmatz. Association supported by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication (Direction Régionale des Affaires Culturelles / Bretagne), the city of Rennes, the regional Council of Brittany and the General Council of Ille-et-Vilaine.
 The Institut français contributes regularly to the international touring of the Musée de la danse.


PJ Harvey


9 Feb 1996, La Halle aux Grains/Scène Nationale de Blois, as part of the Dansez Maintenant festival



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Collaboration rehearsals Collaboration to transmission
Julia Cima
Olga Duchownaja
Mitarbeit Probenleitung
Azusa Seyama-Prioville
Cédric Charron
Olga Duchownaja
Némo Flouret

Coproduction: La Halle aux Grains - Scène Nationale de Blois ; La Ferme du Buisson - Scène Nationale de Marne-la-Vallée ; La Bâtie - Festival of Geneva ; Les Hivernales – AvignonA choreographic project subsidized by the French Ministry of Culture (Direction of Music and Dance - Dance Delegation).


Thanks to: Lenio Kaklea, Ana Mac Rae and Fabrice Ramalingom


This piece was aided with a residency at the National Choreographic Center of Franche-Comté at Belfort (direction Odile Duboc).