"A stimulating, probing lesson in asking us to look and listen in different ways." Telegraph Read Full Review
“It’s a pleasure to watch some of them dive into motion with artless, hair thrashing passion” The Times Read Full Review
“Examining different forms of theatricality, the performance was a sensation” blogs.spectator.co.uk Read Full Review
“…glorious, uninhibited dances..." londondance.com Read Full Review
Disabled Theatre is a collaboration between choreographer Jérôme Bel and the actors of Zurich’s
Theater HORA. As much a play about the mind and body as a work of dance, Disabled Theatre opens up a space where disability is placed centre stage in an adventurous, intelligent and political way. Jérôme Bel has created works in a range of international locations and situations, from the Winter Olympics to the Paris Opera Ballet, from a duet with Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker to a cast of 20 in The Show Must Go On for which he won a prestigious Bessie Award in New York. Jérôme was invited to create Disabled Theatre by Swiss company Theater HORA, established in 1993 to promote the artistic development of people with learning difficulties, and to give them the opportunity to exhibit their extraordinary abilities to a wide audience at a professional level. Since its premiere in 2012, Disabled Theatre has toured to 13 countries.
Presented by Dance Umbrella and Frieze Projects Supported by Pro Helvetia
It was a brave, odd choice for Emma Gladstone, the new director of Dance Umbrella to open this year's festival with Disabled Theatre. It is a brave, odd work, a collaboration between the French dance provocateur Jérôme Bel and 11 members of Zurich's Theatre Hora - dance as discourse rather than action.
Jerome Bel's Disabled Theatre proved that the best art takes the biggest risks. I have never seen performers so present on a stage before.
So absolutely moved and thrilled by Jérôme Bel's "Disabled Theatre"!