Call for project

Do you think that the doorways to theatres are too narrow? That new, wider ones should be invented? You think ten minutes to present something on stage is neither more nor less absurd than absolutely having to fill a whole hour? You know that le prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune is only nine minutes long? And that there would still be a minute left to add a few more gestures? That under the pretext of organising a competition, it is possible to create a truly big and free happening? A chance – an open window of stage time – to change what is usually allowed? Danse élargie : yes? No? That it can even be fun?

You think you have a good idea to occupy the space and time intelligently? and you want to defend an extended idea of dance? you want to give a try? you are welcome, and we will be delighted to have you with us.

2 rules

10 minutes maximum
3 people on stage minimum


Danse Élargie is a project devised by Boris Charmatz and Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota, in continued partnership with the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès. An international competition open to artistes from all disciplines (dance, theater, visual arts, music, philosophy, poetry...).

Through five editions of the competition (and in ten minutes, or less, each time)
we got to see

300 people enter then exit the stage ; a badminton match played by children ; droves of jumpers who had previously only met on Internet ; a drummer hammering away at his drum kit with sticks made of plaster ; twenty-five dog-walkers ; a sheep waiting his turn in the wings ; alligators in conversation with Dick Rivers ; replay France-Croatia 1998 ; a tribute to Chinese medicine ; aerobics ; a competition within the competition ; a wave of 40 b-boys / 20 bodies on a beach without landscape / 13 arcimboldo in a forest / the expunging of the moon in exactly ten minutes.

Where and when ?

June 13 & 14, 2020 Théâtre de la Ville - Espace Cardin - Paris

How to participate and register ?

Instructions, registration form and online registration until December 15, 2019