Jérôme Bel’s Gala is a captivating showcase of dancing – amateur, professional and everything in between. It is a liberating show that encourages us, the audience, to re-consider the judgements we make watching performers on stage.
Twenty dancers fill the space. They are Londoners, who come from all walks of life, some young and fit, some older and less so, but together they shatter the sanctity of the stage with a jumble of joys, failures and stumbling insights into the uniting power of dance.
Following the success of Disabled Theatre in DU 2014, and Candoco’s recent version of The Show Must Go On, Dance Umbrella is delighted to have co-commissioned this latest work by Paris-based choreographer Jérôme Bel.
"funny, moving and beautiful. An outrageously entertaining show." ***** The Times October 2016
"It bears the stamp of Bel's special genius, both in elicitng so much for his performers' trust and in winning over his audience." **** The Guardian 2016. Read the full review here.
"A delirious bacchanal, a communal delight, and the memory makes me grin ear to ear." The Sunday Times 2016
"The beauty of this show is that you get to see the performers as the people they are. Their performance is informal and natural and there’s something disarming in that." londondance.com 2016 - read the full review here.
"The clapping of the audience gets constant, and so does the cheering....Gala definitively moved me in an unexpected way: between a laugh and a moment of apprehension it made me feel human and part of a wider group." bachtrach.com 2016 - read the full review here.
"With Mr Bel’s sensitive direction, they achieved an inspirational and uplifting performance that certainly sent me home with a spring in my step" Dance Tabs 2016 - read the full review here.
"One of the coolest conceptual dance-makers on the planet." The Guardian
“Gala forces audience expectations to the fore, and 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 truly radical.” New York Times
“A mischievously entertaining conceptualist who is less interested in movement than in messing with your head”. The Guardian
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Conception Jérôme BelAssistant Maxime Kurvers Costumes The dancersArtistic advice and company development Rebecca Lee Dancers to be announced
A Dance Umbrella production in partnership with Bernie Grant Arts Centre, LIFT, TATE and Sadler’s Wells
Supported by Cockayne - Grants for the Arts and The London Community Foundation and Institut Français
Co-producers: 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 supported by the Cultural Programme of the European Union
Production: R.B. Jérôme Bel (Paris)
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
With the support of Centre National de la Danse (Pantin) and Ménagerie de Verre (Paris) in the framework of Studiolab for providing studio spaces
With thanks to Maguy Marin, Boris Charmatz, Jeanne Balibar and the partners and participants of the Dance and voice workshops, NL Architects and Les rendez-vous d’ailleurs
WED 19 OCTOBERTALKING AMONGST OURSELVESOUR POST-SHOW TALK, LED BY THE AUDIENCE(artists are not present)
RT @upprojects: Jerome Bel's Gala @Sadlers_Wells by @DanceUmbrellaUK was beautiful, touching, perfect, imperfect https://t.co/SzTo6zr8Fe
RT @GWDanceWriter: ICYMI - Jerome Bel - Gala - @DanceUmbrellaUK @Sadlers_Wells - London https://t.co/dGWQMM4lbF via @DanceTabs
RT @DanceTabs: REVIEW: Jérôme Bel's #Gala @Sadlers_Wells. @GWDanceWriter, ★★★★✰: https://t.co/uaqDb5v1SM
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