20:30h / dg 18h
This piece was created in 2001 and is one of Jérôme Bel’s most iconic works. The show examines the relationship between art and life, between the most colloquial and the most refined aspects, and constantly challenges the expectations of the viewer. On a bare stage a DJ plays pop songs from different epochs while professional dancers and people with no dance experience follow the instructions in the lyrics. The show must go on was part of the repertoire of the Deutsches Schauspielhaus in Hamburg from 2000 to 2005, and the repertoire of the Ballet de l’Opéra in Lyon from 2007 to 2014, among others.
After working in various dance companies, Jérôme Bel began to present his own works, with simple movements and set designs, stripped of any kind of ornamentation. He is considered one of the most outstanding representatives of the non-dance movement. His shows have a conceptual character and the first one, Nom donné par l’auteur, which consisted of interaction between dancers and commonplace objects, dates from 1994. This was followed by Jérôme Bel (1995), Shirtologie (1997), Le dernier spectacle (1998), The show must go on (2001), Véronique Doisneau (2004), Lutz Förster (2009), Cédrix Andrieux (2009), which was staged at the Mercat last season, Disabled Theater (2012) and Cour d’honneur (2013), among others.
Conception and staging Jérôme Bel
Music Leonard Bernstein, David Bowie, Nick Cave, Norman Gimbel and Charles Fox, J. Horner, W. Jennings, Mark Knopfler, John Lennon and Paul McCartney, Louiguy, Galt Mac Dermott, George Michael, Erick “More” Morillo and M. Quashie, Edith Piaf, The Police and Hugh Padgham, Queen, Lionel Richie, A. Romero Monge and R. Ruiz, Paul Simon
DJ Marc Ases
Local performers Cristina García, Eva Selma, Gemma Charines, Gemma Polo, Godlive Lawani, Joel Guardeño, José Carlos López Manso, Junyi Sun, Koldo Arostegui, Maria Dolors López García, Marina Martínez, Núria Gràcia, Oriol Escursell, Pau Quero, Sara Hernández, Urska Sekirnik, Ventura Garriga, Yehua Chen, Youssef Ait Bahadou, Fran Blanes
Assistants Frédéric Seguette, Dina Ed Dik
Artistic advice & company development Rebecca Lee
Casting Barbara Van Lindt, Jérôme Bel
Technical director Gilles Gentner
Production Théâtre de la Ville (Paris), Gasthuis (Amsterdam), Centre Chorégraphique National Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon (Montpellier), Arteleku Gipuzkoako Foru Aldundia (San Sebastian), R.B. (Paris)
Association RB Jérôme Bel is supported by the Ministry of Culture and Communication, Regional Department of Cultural Affairs of the Île-de-France, in respect of aid for choreography companies in the scenes conventionnées, and by the Institut Français, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, for tours abroad.
Administration Sandro Grando
Premiere Paris, 4 January 2001, Théâtre de la Ville
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