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R.B. Jérôme Bel

Jérôme Bel (1995)

25. april –26. april 2019

Store scene 25.04.2019 19:00

Store scene 26.04.2019 19:00

0 h. 55 min.

Oslo debut with a signature piece and a biographical film by an iconic artist and choreographer who had a decisive impact on the concept of dance in the mid-90s.

This signature work strips dance down to its essence. A male and female body, a light bulb, and an iconic tune. Bel’s focus on movements within the body touches something more intimate: the human body as a primary dance instrument. Radical in its simplicity and now prized as a seminal work of contemporary performance, it sparked a heated debate about what constituted dance when it premiered in 1995.

“In 1995, the choreographer Jérôme Bel put his name to Jérôme Bel, a radically pared-down work bringing the author one step closer to the hallmarks of his work, and dance to its enabling factors: lighting, music and the body. Eighteen years on, the same observation rings true: “a body cannot be overlooked”. With this “given” as his starting point, Jérôme Bel sought to find out more. For want of making the body dance, he maps it out: what are its dates, what are its measurements, and what are the signifiers that orientate it? And at what stage language can bring home its literal presence? With an economy of means reduced to what language has to say, he serves up a deconstruction of theatrical representation which has lost nothing of its vital impact.” Gilles Amalvi, June 2014

+ Film: R.B. Jérôme Bel: Véronique Doisneau. 25.-26. april / 20.30 / Lille scene. Free entry for Jérôme Bel (1995) ticketholders. Read more

Part of a generation of choreographers who rose to prominence in the mid-1990s, the French choreographer Jérôme Bel explores the relationship between choreography and popular culture, dancer and spectator, as well as our understanding of art and contemporary dance.

In his early pieces, Bel focussed on the conventions of dance to distinguish the primary elements from the theatrical spectacle. This led him to reduce his pieces to their operative minimum. His interest subsequently shifted from dance as a stage practice, to the issue of the performer as a particular individual. His series of portraits of dancers approaches dance through the narrative of those who practice it. In The show must go on (2001), he questions what theatre can be. In the recent works, the stage is given to non-traditional performers (amateurs, people with disabilities, children…). This shows a preference for the community of difference over the established group of dancers, and poses questions about virtuosity.

En forestilling av / a performance by: Jérôme Bel. Med / with: Claire Haenni, Michèle Bargues, Eric Affergan, Yseult Roch, Frederic Seguette. Produksjon / production: R.B. Jérôme Bel (Paris). R.B Jérôme Bel er støttet av / is supported by: Direction régionale des affaires culturelles d’Ile-de-France, French Ministry for Culture and Communication, Institut Français, French Ministry for Foreign Affairs, ONDA – Office National de Diffusion Artistique. Kunstnerisk rådgivning, utøvende regi / artistic advice, executive direction: Rebecca Lee. Produksjons manager / production manager: Sandro Grando.