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R.B. Jérôme Bel

Véronique Doisneau

25. april –26. april 2019

Lille Scene 25.04.2019 20:30

Lille Scene 26.04.2019 20:30

0 h. 30 min.

Invited to make a piece for the ballet of the Paris Opera by director Brigitte Lefèvre, Jérôme Bel wanted to create a theatrical documentary based upon the work of one of the ballerinas, Véronique Doisneau.

Véronique Doisneau is a portrait in the true sense of the word. The piece seeks to capture the dancer’s uniqueness, her physical presence. The film provides a fully rounded look at those who make dance happen.

The dancer, close to retirement, and alone on stage, casts a retrospective and subjective glance at her career as a ballerina at the heart of this institution. Doisneau, simultaneously public and intensely private,  dances, hums music, and speaks frankly to an audience about her life. Through words and gestures, she conjures up an otherwise invisible world. The resulting performance is both moving and illuminating.

Free entry for Jérôme Bel (1995) ticketholders. Read more about the performance here

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 film av /A film by: Jérôme Bel, Pierre Dupouey. Filmet / Recorded at: Palais Garnier, Opéra National de Paris, 2005. Konsept, idé / Conception, direction: Jérôme Bel. Med / With: Véronique Doisneau, Céline Talon, Sujets of the Corps de Ballet of the Paris Opera Ballet. Utdrag av ballet lånt fra / Extracts of ballets borrowed from: Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot (Giselle), Merce Cunningham (Points in Space), Mats Ek (Giselle), Rudolf Noureev (La Bayadère from Marius Petipa / Le Lac des cygnes from Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov). Musikk fra / Music from: Le Lac des cygnes (Piotr Illyitch Tchaïkovski), opptak fra / recording from: Paris Opera Orchestra, fiolin / violin: Frederic Laroque, directed by Vello Pähn, Giselle (Adolphe Adam), recorded by the Monte Carlo Opera Orchestra, directed by Richard Bonynge, Decca Editions Record Company Ltd., authorization of Universal Music Special Projects France. Co-produksjon / co-production: Opéra national de Paris, Telmondis.. I samarbeid med / In association with: France 2. Med deltagelse fra / With the participation of: Mezzo, Centre National de la Cinématographie. Assosierte produsenter / Associate producers: Denis Morlière, Antoine Perset.