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Jérôme Bel

Gala (2015)


    • Nanterre-Amandiers, centre dramatique national
      September 17 to September 20
    • La Commune centre dramatique national d'Aubervilliers
      October 1 to October 3
    • L'apostrophe, scène nationale de Cergy-Pontoise et du val d’Oise
      October 13
    • Théâtre de la Ville
      November 30 to December 2
    • Théâtre Louis Aragon / Tremblay-en-France
      December 5

    After Disabled Theater, a piece performed by a troupe of mentally handicapped actors and Cour d’honneur, which put a group of spectators centre-stage, Jérôme Bel’s latest creation uses the same question as its starting point: how can we bring to the realms of onstage representation individuals and bodies that are all too often excluded from such a possibility? How can we make best use of all the various resources of this unique apparatus, the theatre - with its codes, venues, genres and professionals - in order to enlarge the perimeter of what can be shown in it? And how can we (re)shape it into a democratic means that lies within the grasp of all those drawn to dance, singing and the performing arts?

    Driven on by the experience of the “danse et voix” workshops, run with amateurs from various towns in Seine Saint-Denis, Jérôme Bel sought to set down a flexible framework to travel with, and which could give rise to a wide variety of forms. He wanted it to be accessible to amateurs from all different horizons and to provide them with the opportunity to give their all and make the project their own. In doing so, he took that most “commonplace” of theatrical experiences: the gala, a festive, group occasion, spanning end-of-year shows and amateur performances. He then subverted the genre in order to cover different styles, fragments of stories, and build up inventory of a dance “with no particular qualities”, and which would bring out all the possible relationships that are unique to the body and voice. What is it that makes us dance? How do we watch dance that might be fragile, precarious, without indulging in notions of judgement, such as “well done” or “badly done”? The result is a gala that is bitty, patched up, traversed by moments of reflection, like galleries of living portraits. With a mixture of professionals and amateurs, and its “Fail again. Fail better” emphasis, Gala goes from one theatre to the next, like “a mirror taking a stroll by the side of a road”, and brings home to us something about the making of those we are watching as well as the way we watch. 

    Other performances you could attend :
    (extract from Gala) // Running time : 30 minutes
    Thursday 10 December 20h

    Diaporama (extract from Gala) // Running time : 8 minutes (in continuous loop)
    Palais de Tokyo
    Thu 10 December to Wed 6 January

    1000 // Running time : 35 minutes (a performance designed solely for non-theatre spaces)
    Thu 15 October 20h as part of the Co-workers exhibition

    MUSÉE DU LOUVRE In collaboration with the FIAC
    Friday 23 October (starting time tbc) as part of the Ouvertures/Openings cycle







    Gala (2015)
    Concept and direction, Jérôme Bel
    Assisted by Maxime Kurvers
    With alternatively, Taous Abbas, Cédric Andrieux, Sheila Atala, Michèle Bargues, Ryo Bel, Coralie Bernard, La Bourette, Vassia Chavaroche, Houda Daoudi, Raphaëlle Delaunay, Diola Djiba, Shadé Djiba, Nicole Dufaure, Chiara Gallerani, Nicolas Garsault, Lola Gianina, Stéphanie Gomes, Peggy Grelat-Dupont, Marie-Yolette Jura, Salvador Kamoun, Akira Lee, Aldo Lee, Françoise Legardinier, Jude Letullier-Grelat, Magali Saby, Marlène Saldana, Oliviane Sarazin, Frédéric Seguette, Simone Truong, Marceline Wegrowe et Shuntaro Yoshida

    An R.B. Jérôme Bel production // In coproduction with Dance Umbrella (London) ; Theaterworks Singapore/72-13 ; Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels) ; Tanzquartier Wien ; Nanterre-Amandiers, centre dramatique national ; Festival d’Automne à Paris ; Theater Chur and TAK Theater Liechtenstein (Schaan) – TanzPlanOst ; 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 (Dusseldorf) ; House on Fire with the support of the EU Culture Programme // With support from the CND, an arts centre for dance, and Ménagerie de Verre (Paris) as part of the Studiolab rehearsal space initiative
    First performed on 8 May 2015 at Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels)
    In association with France Culture