Jérôme Bel

The show must go on

Jérôme Bel

© Mussacchio Laniello

Re:Stage

June

319.30hThu
419.30hFri

RIVOLIGrand Auditorium

Dance
France
Reassembly with local cast
Price 12€
Duration 1.30h 
Age >6
20 performers, 19 songs and one DJ. By use of a simple action/reaction mechanism in between the hits and moving bodies, Jérôme Bel has devised a piece which brings together affection and concept, collective subconscious and exhibition of uniqueness. The show must go on, originally a song by Queen, is also the name of one of choreographer Jérôme Bel’s most prolific works. The simplicity of its effects endows it with the value of a conceptual manifesto. However, the performance, with its double covering of referential layers which almost conceals its meaning, is also a statement: “the show must go on”. It becomes an affirmation of the persistence of the moving bodies and of dance. Songs, bodies and statements are what the show is about. It resembles a sort of choreographic karaoke in which the performers do exactly as they are told to do in the words of the songs, thereby shifting the relationship between what we see and what we hear, what we await and what we receive, what we feel and what we perceive. Since its first performance in 2001, The show must go on has never stopped going on (wards).


JÉRÔME BEL was born in 1964. He lives in Paris and works worldwide. In his early pieces, he applied structuralist operations to dance in order to single out the primary elements from theatrical spectacle. In offering the stage to non-traditional performers (amateurs, people with physical and mental handicaps, children), he shows a preference for the community of differences over the formatted group, and a desire to dance over choreography, and duly applies the methods of a process of emancipation through art. He has been invited to contemporary art biennials and museums, where he has put on performances and shown films. In 2005, Jérôme Bel received a Bessie Award for the performances of The show must go on given in New York. Three years later, with Pichet Klunchun, he won the Routes Princesse Margriet Award for Cultural Diversity (European Cultural Foundation) for the performance Pichet Klunchun and myself.


CO-PRESENTATIONS:
Teatro Viriato (Viseu)
MAY
29 Sat — 21.00h
+
Culturgest (Lisboa)
JUNE
16 Wed — 21.00h
17 Thu — 21.00h
18 Fri — 21.00h
19 Sat — 19.00h

Re:Stage

June

319.30hThu
419.30hFri

RIVOLIGrand Auditorium

Dance
France
Reassembly with local cast
Price 12€
Duration 1.30h 
Age >6
Conception and direction Jérôme Bel
With André Araújo, Bárbara Faustino, Carlos Deusodeu, Celise Manuel, Diego Bragà, Dori Nigro, João dos Santos Martins, Juelce Beija Flor, Karen Sampaio, Marta Jardim, Nelson Gomes, Patrícia Sarmento, Sara Marques, Sara Venâncio, Sérgio Nogueira, Sofia Beça, Teresa Chaves, Thamiris Carvalho, Tó Maia, Zé Bernardino
Assistants Frédéric Seguette, Olga de Soto
Local assistants for the local restaging Henrique Neves
Technical direction Gilles Gentner
Production Theatre de la Ville, Gasthuis, Centre Chorégraphique National Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon, Arteleku Gipuzkoako Foru Aldundia, R.B.
artistic advice and executive direction Rebecca Lasselin
Production manager Sandro Grando
Co-presentation with Culturgest, Teatro Viriato
 

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