“Sometimes I think people are getting more and more clever watching us be more and more stupid” – Jérôme Bel
It has been said that dance is not so important in the works of Jerome Bel, but the works of Jérôme Bel are important to dance. Some have called him the Woody Allen of dance. Bel calls himself a dance philosopher. His works are no more dance than René Magritte’s painting of a pipe is a pipe.
In GALA, professional dancers, actors and amateurs take part, all sourced from the place where the performance takes place. Their challenge is to interact on stage across the cultures they come from and the taste preferences they have acquired. During the performance they work through several songs and choreographies from popular culture. In something resembling a New Year’s gala, all spruced up in expectation, gluttonous in style and populist in its sincerity, a number of questions are asked concerning the culture of performative arts, about how they have appropriated our bodies, how they influence our imagination and the way we move. The performance is based on the participants’ ability to be, present and represent themselves, and how they take ownership of the figures within dance and theatre that are part of our shared culture. GALA cultivates and applauds a shared human desire for acting, prevalent in society at large far beyond the 20 participants on stage. GALA can be summarised in Samuel Beckett’s quote: “Try again, fail again, fail better”, or in the words of William Forsythe: “Ballet is a philosophy of failure", because this access to the art of dance is not about perfection and virtuosity, but about making the best you can with what you have. As such it is also a declaration of love to performance art.
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- Last Updated: 10/07/2016
- Source: Bergen Reiselivslag
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
GALA by Jérôme Bel (FR) | Oktoberdans 2016
- October 25, 2016 - October 26, 2016