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title : The last performance (1998)

concept : Jérôme Bel
choreography : Susanne Linke, excerpts from Wandlung (1978)
music : Franz Schubert, excerpts from Death and the Maiden
creation : Brussels (Belgium), on November 12th 1998, at the Kaaitheate
with : Claire Haenni, Antonio Carallo, Frederic Seguette, Jerome Bel
production : Centro Cultural de Belem (Lisbon), Kaaitheater (Brussels), R.B. Jerome Bel (Paris)
with the support of : CNDC / l'Esquisse (Angers), la Ferme du Buisson (Marne-la-Vallee), la Menagerie de Verre (Paris) and the Internationale Tanzwochen (Vienna)
thanks to : Pascale Paoli and Jean Torrent

duration : 60 minutes

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
website : www.jeromebel.fr

Performance's only life is the present. Performance cannot be saved, recorded, documented or otherwise participate in the circulation of representations of representations : once it does so, it becomes something other than performance. To the degree that performance attempts to enter the economy of reproduction, it betrays and lessens the promise of its own ontology. Performance's being, like the ontology of subjectivity proposed here, becomes itself through disappearance.

Peggy Phelan in Unmarked the politics of performance Routledge Ed.