CULTURE

Innovative French dance at Pireos 260

Representative selections from the work of the innovative French choreographer Boris Charmatz and his dance troupe Association Edna continue today and tomorrow at the Pireos 260 venue as part of the Athens Festival. An active member of the so-called «choreographers of meaning» group in France, Boris Charmatz challenged modern dance’s rules and stereotypes from an early age. After his graduation from the Ecole de Danse de l’Opera de Paris and the Conservatoire Nationale Superieur de Musique et de Danse de Lyon, Charmatz went on to dance in the groups of Regine Chopinot and Odile Duboc. His performances of the period were undoubtedly instances where his many-sided talents shone through. A decisive moment in his artistic growth came in 1992 with the founding and creation of Association Edna along with Dimitri Chamblas. The following years were full of creativity, fertile partnerships, pioneering undertakings and works which provoked a large emotional response, causing the international press to recognize a new development in modern dance. In 1993 the two artists wrote as well as performed the duet «A bras le corps» and a year later co-wrote «Les Disparates.» «Aatt enen tionon» (1996) followed, which Charmatz presented by himself, and after came «Herses» (1997), a study of nude bodies for five dancers and one cellist. From 1997, in addition to Association Edna, Charmatz has choreographed and worked constantly, searching for the creation of an open and multidimensional space, finding ways and forms of expression with which to record dance but also the spectacle dance creates. For ticket information, see What’s On.