Jérôme Bel (Paris, France)
Presented by the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival and The Dance Centre
January 18-20, 2013 8:00PM
Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie Street
The slyly brilliant work of Jérome Bel returns to Vancouver with a beautifully spare and poetic evening of dance and autobiographical storytelling, created in collaboration with, and performed by, French dancer Cédric Andrieux. Reflecting on a rich career that included eight rigorous years with Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Andrieux gives a rare, moving and humorous insider’s view into a dancer's life, performing extracts of work by major choreographers including Cunningham, Trisha Brown and Philippe Tréhet.
Cédric Andrieux is the most recent in a series of insightful portraits that centre on the lives of preeminent dancers. Others in the series include: Véronique Doisneau of the corps de ballet of the Paris Opéra (2004); Isabel Torres, ballerina of the Teatro Municipal of Rio de Janeiro (2005) and Pichet Klunchun, a Thai classical dance artist (2005).
>>The passage in which Andrieux enacts Cunningham’s requests and his own responses is breathtaking... This section shows us dance from the inside.<< New York Times
Paris-based choreographer Jérome Bel has become somewhat of a legend in the Vancouver dance scene following Pichet Klunchun and myself (VIDF 2009) and The Show Must Go On (PuSh 2010). His provocative, ironic, and anti-theatrical productions have garnered both controversy and acclaim worldwide.
Concept: Jérôme Bel
By and with: Cédric Andrieux
Includes extracts of pieces by: Trisha Brown (Newark), Merce Cunningham (Biped, Suite for 5), Philippe Tréhet (Nuit Fragile), Jérôme Bel (The show must go on)
Coaches: Jeanne Steele (Merce Cunningham), Lance Gries (Trisha Brown)
Post-Show Talkback Jan 19, led by Peter Dickinson
Duration: 80min no intermission
Supported by the Consulate General of France in Vancouver and Institut français.
Cedric Andrieux is a coproduction of the Théâtre de la Ville (Paris), Festival d'Automne (Paris), R.B. Jérôme Bel (Paris), supported by Centre National de la Danse (Paris), La Ménagerie de Verre (Paris), Baryshnikov Arts Center (New York).