French Choreographer Jérôme Bel presents GALA [fr]
Internationally renowned French dance-maker, Jerome Bel, creates a new work that celebrates individuality, featuring non-performers and professionals, GALA. This globally acclaimed production encourages individuals to contribute their own unique energies, and make the performance their own.
The cast of GALA comprises of different body types as well as physical abilities. Featuring professional dancers and actors, national athlete, an individual in a wheelchair, and another with Down syndrome. Also featured will be children, teenagers and retirees, whom have no formal training in the performing arts. GALA is set to defy what a typical performance really is.
Jérôme BEL studied contemporary dance and performed with various choreographers, including Angelin Preljoçaj, Daniel Larrieu, Joëlle Bouvier and Régis Obadia. After working as assistant director to Philippe Decouflé on the opening ceremony for the 1992 Winter Olympics, Bel realised that he preferred directing to performing. So he took a two-year career break, living in Paris and reading Barthes and Foucault. “I felt the only way to be a choreographer,” he explained, “was to read philosophy and dance history.”
In 2005, BEL received a Bessie Award for the performances of The Show Must Go On in New York. The piece was since revived and re-produced all around the world.
- Date: 6th to 8th October 2016
- Time: 8pm (approximately 80mins with no intermission)
- Venue: Victoria Theatre, Singapore 9 Empress Place, 179556