On October 15th and 16th 2021, French choreographer Boris Charmatz made full use of the hall of Brussels North Station and the Ancien Tri Postal, the old sorting office in Charleroi, according to one of dance’s essential elements: the duet. Around 1900, Arthur Schnitzler wrote the extraordinary text Reigen/La Ronde. The protocol of La Ronde, which functions on the basis of the entanglement of couples A/B, B/C, C/D, is interesting because it is not solely about the duet of the couple: through a chain of love, Schnitzler also examines the society of his time. In Boris Charmatz’ version of La Ronde, 16 dancers formed an intersectional and plural society, with male-female, male-male, female-female duets, of different ages and dance styles: a human loop of dancing, singing and speaking duos. A collective momentum, an explosion of love. Watch the aftermovie of La Ronde below.
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