title : Xiao Ke (2020)
concept : Jérôme Bel
by and with : Xiao Ke
technical direction : Zi Han
estimated duration : 1 h in Mandarin , 1 h 15 for the French version
language : Mandarin or French
production : R.B. Jérôme Bel
coproduction : Centre Pompidou x West Bund Museum (Shanghai), Les Spectacles Vivants - Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), R.B. Jérôme Bel
R.B Jérôme Bel is supported by the Direction régionale des affaires culturelles d'Ile-de-France, French Ministry for Culture, 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
In response to a commission from the Centre Pompidou x West Bund Museum in Shanghai, I collaborated with a dancer and choreographer originally from Yunnan but now living in Shanghai. Her name is Xiao Ke and she is 41 years old. The show will take place in Shanghai in November 2020.
We started working a few weeks ago by teleconference, because for ecological reasons, neither I nor my company fly anymore. In a way, it was a good thing because Xiao was confined to her home. Now it's the other way around, she can go out of her house but I can't. I sent her all the videos of my shows, asking her to tell me what she was interested in and offering to take them as she wished. She made choices throughout the body of my work and the result will be a solo that will reflect the evolution of dance and culture in China over the past 40 years.
I was so interested in the result that I thought I should go back and forth and show the show at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. So we're working on another version of the show that I'm presenting on stage with Xiao Ke, by videoconference from Shanghai. It's a very experimental show.
Jérôme Bel 15 April 2020