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Gala

Jérôme Bel

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Australian Premiere

  • About

    In his Gala, Jérôme Bel, embraces the expectations inherent in the title while guiding us back to its original meaning as an act of communal rejoicing.

    Unique to every city in which it’s performed, this uplifting and gently subversive piece features a company of 15 Adelaide locals of all ages, shapes, sizes and backgrounds. Through their movement, the gentle humanity of each performer lights up this inspired production. Breaking the sanctity of the stage, this is a jumble of joys, failures, and stumbling insights into the uniting power and refuge of dance. With concealed artistry, Gala is an ode to spontaneity and difference: uninhibited and imperfect.

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  • Credits

    Conception Jérôme Bel
    Assistant Maxime Kurvers
    Assistants for Local Restaging Frédéric Seguette and Chiara Gallenni
    Artistic Advice and Company Development Rebecca Lee
    Production Manager Sandro Grando
    Technical Advice Gilles Gentner
    Adelaide Artist Coordinator Roz Hervey

    Coproduction Dance Umbrella (London), TheaterWorks Singapore/72-13, KunstenFestivaldesArts (Brussels), Tanzquartier Wien, Nanterre-Amandiers Centre Dramatique National, Festival d'Automne à Paris, Theater Chur (Chur) and TAK Theater Liechtenstein (Schaan) - TanzPlan Ost, Fondazione La Biennale di Venezia, Théâtre de la Ville (Paris), HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin), BIT Teatergarasjen (Bergen), La Commune Centre dramatique national d’Aubervilliers, Tanzhaus nrw (Düsseldorf), House on Fire with the support of the European Union cultural program

    With the support of Centre National de la Danse (Pantin) and Ménagerie de Verre (Paris) in the framework of Studiolab for providing studio spaces

    Thanks to the partners and participants of the Dance and voice workshops, NL Architects and Les rendez-vous d’ailleurs

    Subsidies R.B Jérôme Bel is supported by the Direction régionale des affaires culturelles d'Ile-de-France, French Ministry for Culture and Communication, and by the Institut Français, French Ministry for Foreign Affairs, for its international tours

    Images Josefina Tommasi (1,3); Herman Sorgeloos (2)

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    Artistic Directors Neil Armfield and Rachel Healy preview Gala


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“Jerome Bel has a unique talent for making people interesting. He can reveal a dancer’s personality through the most banal fragment of choreography. By some simple act of stage magic, we can conjure a world of human intimacy from the barest of means”

The Guardian

“[Gala] blurs the lines between failure and success in performance as it suggests that theatre is community, both onstage and off. It’s a tour de force, wildly entertaining, and through the deliberate exploitation of conventional form, truly radical”

The New York Times

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