Terrain | Boris Charmatz

Un essai à ciel ouvert. Ein Tanzgrund für Zürich

20 danseurs pour le XXème siècle
étrangler le temps & boréro2

The French choreographer Boris Charmatz offers us «un essai à ciel ouvert», a try-out in the open air. For 18 days, part of the Landiwiese will act as a performing space for «Terrain». As with Forced Entertainment and their performance series last year, we allowed him to choose a venue in order to realise his project for the duration of the festival. He has chosen a non-venue: a grassy area outlined by the skeleton of the Pavillon which usually stands on the main square. Here he tests the work on his new project: a cultural institution without apermanent building. This «Dance Ground for Zürich» sets the stage for an extensive programme, comprising regular public warm-ups, performances, a symposium and workshops. 

Thu 15.–Sat 31.8.

Public Warm-up

Thu 15. / Fri 16.8.


Sat 17. / Sun 18.8.

«20 danseurs pour le XXème siècle»

Wed 21. / Thu 22.8.


Fri 23.8.

Symposium «An Architecture of Bodies»

Sat 24. / Sun 25.8.

«A Dancer’s Day»

Wed 28.–Sat 31.8.

Workshops for professionals

Wed 28.–Sat 31.8.

Workshops for children

Wed 28.–Sat 31.8.

Workshops for aduldts

Sat 31.8.


Sun 1.9.

«étrangler le temps & boléro 2»


Artistic direction and cast

KonzeptionBoris Charmatz in Zusammenarbeit mit Martina Hochmuth, Matthias von Hartz und Rabea Grand
Konzept LichtYves Godin
Technische LeitungFabrice Le Fur


Unterstützung TerrainMinistère de la Culture, Direction générale de la Création artistique Région Hauts-de-France
AssoziationenTerrain| Boris Charmatz ist assoziiert mit der Opéra de Lille, le phénix − scène nationale valenciennes und Maison de la Culture Amiens. Boris Charmatz ist von 2018 bis 2021 assoziierter Künstler von Charleroi danse, Belgien




The project at the Zürcher Theater Spektakel is generously supportet by Swiss Re, the Ernst Göhner Stiftung and the Elisabeth Weber-Stiftung