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title : Retrospective (2019)

conception : Jérôme Bel
filmmakers : Marie-Hélène Rebois, Aldo Lee, Pierre Dupouey, Jérôme Bel, Fabrice Aragno
editor : Oliver Vulliamy
assistants : Maxime Kurvers, Chiara Gallerani
dancers : Claire Haenni, Frédéric Seguette, Sonja Augart, Nicole Beutler, Carine Charaire, Germana Civera, Olga De Soto, Juan Dominguez, Dina Ed Dik, Benoît Izard, Cuqui Jerez, Eva Meyer Keller, Ion Munduate, Henrique Neves, Gisèle Pelozuelo, Carlos Pez, Esther Snelder, Johannes Sundrup, Amaia Urra, Peter Vandenbempt, Hester Van Hasselt, Simone Verde, Véronique Doisneau, Remo Beuggert, Gianni Blumer, Damian Bright, Matthias Brücker, Matthias Grandjean, Julia Häusermann, Sara Hess, Miranda Hossle, Peter Keller, Lorraine Meier, Tiziana Pagliaro, Simone Truong, Elie Autin, Arnaud Bacharach, Marie Barriol, Jérôme Bel, Ryo Bel, Natan Bouzy, Natalia Cuajy Sarrias, Marie Fuhrer, Beatrice Gomes, Edgar Haro, Maria-Luisa Haro de Alarcon, Kayije Kagame, Brehima Koumare, Samuel Nachmias, Angela Rebelo, Jacqueline Ricciardi Werlen, Renato Rosario do Nascimento, Esther Schätti, Niels Vossenberg
with extracts of the performances :
- Jérôme Bel (1995) : recording of the performance at CND Centre national de la danse (Pantin) on January 12, 2005, production CND Centre national de la danse
- Shirtologie (1997) : recording of the performance by Marie-Hélène Rebois, at Festival Montpellier Danse on July 6, 1999
- The show must go on (2001) : recording of the performance by Aldo Lee, at Teatro Nacional São João (Porto) from December 12 to 14, 2001, production R.B. Jérôme Bel
- Véronique Doisneau (2004) : film directed by Pierre Dupouey and Jérôme Bel, at Paris national Opéra on October 27 and 28, 2005, coproduction Paris national Opéra /Telmondis in association with France 2, with the participation of Mezzo and Centre National de la Cinématographie
- Disabled Theater (2012) : recording of the performance by Aldo Lee and Jérôme Bel, at Schauspielhaus (Zürich) from March 14 to 16, 2014, production Theater Hora/ R.B. Jérôme Bel
- Gala (2015) : recording of the performance by Fabrice Aragno and Jérôme Bel, at Festival de la Bâtie (Genève) on August 29 and 30, 2018, production R.B. Jérôme Bel

production : R.B. Jérôme Bel (Paris)
coproduction : Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne, HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin), La Commune Centre dramatique national d’Aubervilliers, Théâtre de la Ville (Paris), Festival d’Automne à Paris
thanks to : CND Centre National de la Danse (Pantin), Opéra national de Paris, Telmondis (Paris), Theater Hora (Zürich), La Bâtie (Genève), Jean-Gabriel Periot, Yael Bitton
With the support of Ménagerie de Verre (Paris) in the framework of Studiolab

duration : 1 h 15
Retrospective contains nudity.

R.B Jérôme Bel is supported by the Direction régionale des affaires culturelles d'Ile-de-France, French Ministry for Culture and Communication, by the Institut Français, French Ministry for Foreign Affairs, for its international tours and by ONDA - Office National de Diffusion Artistique - for its tours in France
R.B. Jérôme Bel :
artistic advice and executive direction : Rebecca Lasselin
production manager : Sandro Grando
website : www.jeromebel.fr


For his twentieth piece, rather than trying to produce something new, Jérôme Bel casts a subjective eye over his previous works through a twofold gesture of compilation and liaison of filmed images. Going back through his video archives, he takes out eighteen dances from his most significant shows and organizes them among themselves in order to re-construct the development of his thinking about dance. The result is a 75-minute video projected on a screen, without any living presence. Retrospective thus makes a cross section within his corpus, the better to bring out his central preoccupations (body, language, culture, power, vulnerability…), by focusing on the issue of linkage between dance and politics. The desire for emancipation, the group’s active strength, and the deconstruction of social identities are here assumed like so many guidelines for his work. The chronological arrangement of these extracts makes it possible to implicitly draw up a portrait of the choreographer which is as sensitive as it is conceptual.

Florian Gaité for Festival d’Automne à Paris, 2019

NB: For ecological reasons, R.B/ Jérôme Bel company doesn't travel by plane anymore. The video medium of "Retrospective" allows nevertheless its international tour