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