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  • Posted 22 July 2016



    Jérôme Bel

    Jérôme Bel’s Gala is a triumphant celebration of dancing – amateur, professional and everything in between. It is a liberating show that encourages us, the audience, to re-consider the judgements we make watching performers on stage.

    Twenty dancers fill the space. They are Londoners, who come from all walks of life, some young and fit, some older and less so, but together they shatter the sanctity of the stage with a mixture of joy, passion and often failure.

    Jérôme Bel is an experimental choreographer with a reputation for being controversial. The Paris-based artist provokes his audiences with witty, cerebral presentations that often break down the traditional barrier between performer and audience, and that pose questions about virtuosity and the nature of dance.
    Having worked as a dancer in France and Italy, performing for world famous choreographers including Angelin Preljocaj, Bel’s first choreographic work was nom donné par l’auteur (1994). Other works include Véronique Doisneau (2004), created for the prestigious Paris Opera Ballet and The show must go on (2001) which, although controversial, brought him to great prominence and has toured consistently ever since.
    Catch GALA at Tate Tanks on Sat 15 Oct or Sadler’s Wells on Tue 18 & Wed 19 Oct, find out what else Dance Umbrella have in store on their website.

    An outrageously entertaining show. Funny, moving and beautiful

    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    The Times

    Gala forces audience expectations to the fore, and blurs the lines between failure and success in performance as it suggests that theater is community, both onstage and off. It’s a tour de force, wildly entertaining, and through the deliberate exploitation of conventional form, truly radical.

    New York Times

    A mischievously entertaining conceptualist who is less interested in movement than in messing with your head

    The Guardian on Jérôme Bel

    A Dance Umbrella production in partnership with Bernie Grant Arts Centre, LIFT, TATE and Sadler’s Wells
    Images by – Josefina Tommasi and Veronique Ellena
    Supported by Cockayne – Grants for the Arts and The London Community Foundation and Institut Français
    Co-producers: Dance Umbrella (London), TheaterWorks Singapore/72-13, KunstenFestivaldesArts (Brussels), Tanzquartier Wien, Nanterre-Amandiers Centre Dramatique National, Festival d’Automne à Paris, Theater Chur (Chur) and TAK Theater Liechtenstein (Schaan) – TanzPlan Ost, 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 (Düsseldorf), House on Fire supported by the Cultural Programme of the European Union
    A House on Fire project, supported by the Culture Programme of the European Union.
    Production: R.B. Jérôme Bel (Paris)
    R.B Jérôme Bel is supported by the Direction régionale des affaires culturelles d’Ile-de-France, French Ministry for Culture and Communication, and by the Institut Français, French Ministry for Foreign Affairs, for its international tours
    With the support of Centre National de la Danse (Pantin) and Ménagerie de Verre (Paris) in the framework of Studiolab for providing studio spaces
    With thanks to Maguy Marin, Boris Charmatz, Jeanne Balibar and the partners and participants of the Dance and voice workshops, NL Architects and Les rendez-vous d’ailleurs