Jérôme Bel is hardly in need of an introduction. Provocatively intelligent and subversively creative, his work reveals him to be one of those artists who are determined to expand the limits of the stage by playing with the audience’s expectations and perceptions. For Bel, the stage is a laboratory which he sometimes uses as a space for critiquing contemporary life and sometimes as an ambivalent threshold for questioning rather than confirming society’s prevailing views. Whatever the case, a new production by the bad boy of the French dance scene is always an event, thanks to the relationship he establishes between ‘performers’ and audience, and because the subject-matter he tackles transcends the stage and permeates into everyday life, emancipating the gaze and awakening the viewer.
Bel insists on the playful and dialectical nature of art. In this new production, he uses one of the most clichéd theatrical forms of all, the gala, to highlight something altogether less commonplace: a startlingly original ‘social’ dance stripped of stereotypes and rules of expression. In an effort to transform the stage into a snapshot of its social reality, Bel is gathering people of all ages, classes and mobility profiles. We can all take part and become researchers into our own identity and the conventions that construct it. In this production, Bel presents theatre as an ideal community, a defender of diversity, and the natural home of the Other.
Assistant: Maxime Kurvers
Assistants on the local restaging: Maxime Kurvers, Dina Ed Dik
By and with: casting in progress
Costumes: the dancers
Αrtistic advice and company development : Rebecca Lee
Production manager : Sandro Grando
Technical advice : Gilles Gentner
Coproduction: Dance Umbrella (London), TheaterWorks Singapore/72-13, KunstenFestivaldesArts (Brussels), Tanzquartier Wien, Nanterre-Amandiers Centre Dramatique National, Festival d'Automne à Paris, Theater Chur (Chur) and TAK Theater Liechtenstein (Schaan) - TanzPlan Ost, Fondazione La Biennale di Venezia, Théâtre de la Ville (Paris), HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin), BIT Teatergarasjen (Bergen), La Commune Centre dramatique national d’Aubervilliers, Tanzhaus nrw (Düsseldorf), House on Fire with the support of the European Union cultural program
Production: R.B. Jérôme Bel (Paris)
With the support of: Centre National de la Danse (Pantin) and Ménagerie de Verre (Paris) in the framework of Studiolab for providing studio spaces
R.B Jérôme Bel is supported by the Direction régionale des affaires culturelles d'Ile-de-France, French Ministry for Culture and Communication, and by the Institut Français, French Ministry for Foreign Affairs, for its international tours
Thanks to the partners and participants of the Dance and voice workshops, NL Architects and Les rendez-vous d’ailleurs