BMW Tate Live: Performance Room – Cally Spooner. Cally Spooner, And You Were Wonderful, On Stage 2013. Photo: © Paula Court, courtesy of Performa

Tate Modern to host dance takeover

Rebecca Atkinson, 18.02.2015
Two-day event choreographed by Boris Charmatz
Tate Modern will be turned into a museum of dance for 48 hours in May, with the Turbine Hall transformed into a nightclub and visitors invited to join performers on the dancefloor.

Choreographed by Boris Charmatz, the director of the Centre Chorégraphique National de Rennes et de Bretagne in France, which he renamed Musée de la danse (the museum of dance), the event aims to address the question: if Tate Modern was Musée de la danse?

Dance will be performed, displayed and taught on 15-16 May, with individual performances as well as a programme of events that aim to highlight the “choreography of everyday activity around the museum”.

As well as hosting a series of dance works by Charmatz, the gallery’s Turbine Hall will become a nightclub, with visitors invited to join professionals on the dancefloor.

The work of other international choreographers and artists will be explored in Tate Modern’s galleries, through performances and discussions as well as responses to the art on display. Visitors will be able to take guided tours around the galleries, with displays re-imagined from a choreographic perspective.

Some of the performances will be live-streamed online from the gallery, and people can comment on how they imagine a dancing museum on twitter using the hashtag #dancingmuseum.