Jérôme Bel has been invited to create a specific artwork for the exhibition Michael Jackson : On the Wall at Grand Palais (Paris). In the video Moonwalk, about thirty performers, professionals and amateurs, cross the stage one after the other, performing a movement made famous by Michael Jackson in their own way.
How can a dance step as specific and singular as the Moonwalk be embodied by a wide range of people ?
From the 12th to the 29th september 2018, at the invitation of the Biennale de la Danse, Jérôme Bel presents four of his projects (videos and live) in public spaces in Lyon referencing four key anthropological activities : work, commerce, social life, spiritual life. The resulting trail, which offers a contextualised rereading of the political issues underpinning it, features : the alienation of a dance "labourer", with the testimony of Véronique Doisneau, sujet at the Paris Opera Ballet, projected in a space attached to the memory of the silk workers; a celebration of the values of solidarity with Compagnie Compagnie screened in a community center; a critique of consumerism with Shirtologie in a shop window; and, per Nietzche’s invitation, an occasion for
self-contemplation with the performance Danser comme si personne ne regardait.
On Wednesday 13th December at 5pm, the British Council invites to a discussion between Jérôme Bel, Charlotte Darbyshire and Kate Marsh (Candoco Dance Company), and Marcel Bugiel (Theatre Hora), moderated by Gilles Amalvi, at MC93 in Bobigny.
This talk will be followed by a discussion at 6pm between Agnès Chemama (Théâtre national de Chaillot), Elisabeth Garcia (IME La Doucette) and Joanne Lyons (Candoco Dance Company), modérée par Frédéric Le Du (accès culture)
In partnership with Festival d’Automne, Théâtre de la Ville and MC93.
This discussion will take place in the frame of the Portrait dedicated to the French choreographer by Festival d'Automne à Paris.
The exhibition Commissions from Performa’s Archives will take place from 6 September 2017 to 4 March 2018, at Whitechapel Gallery in London. It documents the performances created at the Performa biennale in New York during these ten last years. A recording of the piece Ballet (New York) filmed in the Martha Graham Studios during Performa15 will be on view.
The choreographer Jérôme Bel starts his collaboration with the Festival in 2004. In 2017, he presents eight pieces and a film, all iconic of his research on the codes operating in performing art. At the heart of his Portrait, two creations – one of them for the Lyon Opera Ballet – and two historical pieces will be performed for the first time in the Festival.
From October 4th to December 23rd, 2017, in 12 theaters in Paris and the surroundings
This study is the first monograph on the work of French choreographer Jérôme Bel, following his artistic trajectory from the beginning of his career as a choreographer in 1994 to his most recent piece in 2016. It contains an overview and in-depth analysis of all of his choreographies, from Nom donné par l’auteur to Disabled Theater, and provides a theoretical reflection on their theatrical nature.
Bel has developed a singular discourse on dance that has often been labelled 'conceptual'. By reducing the stage elements in his performances to a minimum, his work explores the implications of dance as an art form that has, since the heyday of modernism, based its guiding principles on the laws of nature. Bel addresses the question of power relations in dance by working through the questions of authorship and various forms of subjectivity dance produces. Offering a unique opportunity to ground seemingly abstract academic theories in a specific embodied artistic practice, this study explores the intersection between artistic practice and theory.
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Screening of the film Disabled Theater followed by a discussion between Jérôme Bel and the members of the Espace Analytique, presented by Marc Antoine Bourdeu, with the participation of psychoanalysts Isée Bernateau, Catherine Saladin, Catherine Vanier and Alain Vanier.
The Luigi Pecci Center for Contemporary Art in Prato organizes the first solo exhibition in a museum by the French choreographer Jérôme Bel, curated by Antonia Alampi.
It is time rather than space that characterizes this project. Hence the title 76’38’’ + ∞ which specifically alludes to the duration, to the sum of the lengths of the videos on view: an encouragement to observe the works on display from the beginning to the end, a classical norm in theatres but unusual behaviour in a museum. Here ∞ refers to the countless possibilities of a new dance, an on-going one created specifically for the Pecci Centre: a work without an end designed to be experienced from a few seconds to eternity.
The exhibition 76’38’’ + ∞ is presented through what Jérôme Bel himself refers to as a "dramaturgy of dis-alienation," articulated around five key works created over the past twenty years. From a formal point of view, 76’38’’+ ∞ has a performative component and a filmic one, with live performances taking place every Sunday and another throughout the entire duration of the exhibition.
The book, in English and in Italian, documents the exhibition Jérôme Bel 76'38''+ ∞ at Centro Pecci (Prato) and is designed to provide a general insight into his artistic practice. In addition to a critical text by the theorician Gerald Siegmund who provides a long analysis of Jérôme Bel's research from the nineties to today and a conversation with the curator, Antonia Alampi, in which Jérôme Bel discusses many of the theoretical questions that led him to the creation of his works, the book includes images in large format and a descriptive card of most of its works.
In this book published by Presses du réel, the two dancers and choreographers share and compare ideas and references that underpin their respective work.
In 2009, the Paris Autumn Festival and Le Théâtre de la Ville celebrated the work of Merce Cunningham. On this occasion, Jérôme Bel's Cédric Andrieux and Boris Charmatz's 50 ans de danse were presented to the audience.
The two artists were also asked to engage in a conversation on Merce Cunningham. The conversation soon extended in a one-year email exchange in which Jérôme Bel and Boris Charmatz shared the conceptions and references at the heart of their respective artistic work. Conceived as a comparative study, the discussion reveals the artists' common features and differences on dance and choreography.
First published in 2013 by Presses du Réel, this book is now available in English and online.
MoMA Dance Company brings together MoMA staff members from different departments who will perform in the Atrium of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Based on the guiding principles of solo and group performances, MoMA Dance Company subverts both the idea of a dance company and the typical focus of Artist’s Choice installations on objects. The project explores the social potential of dance to create ephemeral communities, and it reveals the pre-existing, but usually less visible, community of MoMA’s staff. Bringing together senior and junior staff from different departments at the Museum, Bel temporarily suspends usual workplace hierarchies, and the performers embody the tension between work, play, and performance.