Jerome Bel

Jérôme Bel, born in 1964, lives in Paris and works around the world. His first piece Nom donné par l'auteur (1994) was a work of object choreography. The second Jérôme Bel (1995) is takes the complete nudity of the performer as its starting point. The third Shirtologie (1997) features a dancer who is wearing several dozen T-shirts at once. The Last Performance (1998) seeks to create an ontology of performance by quoting a dance solo by the choreographer Susanne Linke as well as Hamlet or Andrew Agassi. The piece Xavier le Roy (2000) is attributed to Jérôme Bel, but was actually developed entirely by Xavier Le Roy. The Show Must Go On (2001) brings together twenty performers, nineteen pop songs and a DJ. In 2004, Bel was invited by Ballett der Opéra de Paris and produced Véronique Doisneau (2004) on the work of dancer Véronique Doisneau and her ›corps de ballet‹. Isabel Torres (2005), created for the ballet of Teatro Municipal de Rio de Janeiro, is the Brazilian version of the Opéra de Paris production. Pichet Klunchun and Myself (2005) was created in Bangkok together with the traditional Thai dancer Pichet Klunchun. In 2009, he produced Cédric Andrieux (2009), a dancer at the Merce Cunningham Dance Company and then the ballet the Opéra de Lyon. In 2010, he created 3Abschied with Anne-Teresa De Keersmaeker based on Gustav Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde. Beyond this, film versions of his theater works have been shown at biennials of contemporary art (Lyon, Porto Alegre, Tirana) and at museums (Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and Metz, Hayward Gallery and Tate Modern in London, MOMA in New York). Jérôme Bel received a Bessie Award for the performance The Show Must Go On in 2005. In 2008, Jérôme Bel and Pichet Klunchun received the Routes Princess Margriet Award for Cultural Diversity (European Cultural Foundation).

At dOCUMENTA (13) in Kassel, Jérôme Bel is presenting his own version of Disabled Theater.