New York Live Arts Presents Jerome Bel and Theater Hora's DISABLED THEATER, 11/12 - 11/17
New York Live Arts, in partnership with Performa for Performa 13, will present the U.S. premiere of French choreographer Jérôme Bel and Zurich-based Theater Hora's critically acclaimed Disabled Theater, November 12 - 16 at 7:30pm and November 17 at 3:00pm. Dubbed "transcendent art" by Roberta Smith of The New York Times, David Velasco of Parkett 91 called it "a hit, satisfying all of our lukewarm progressive principles...while also providing a satisfyingly cathartic dramatic experience."
"Bringing artists and their productions to our stage that reflect upon and catalyze current lines of contemporary debate continues to be one of the guiding drivers of our curatorial program," says Carla Peterson, Artistic Director of New York Live Arts. "Disabled Theater, by the acclaimed French conceptualist Jérôme Bel working in collaboration with the noted Swiss company Theater Hora, represents this in spades. I'm thrilled once again to be partnering with Performa 13 (our fourth partnership since Performa's inaugural biennial festival in 2005) to bring this work to our stage at New York Live Arts for its U.S. premiere."
Interested since his early works in what stands beyond representation, Bel collaborated with 11 actors from Theater Hora, Switzerland's best-known professional theater company comprised of actors with learning and mental disabilities. With Disabled Theater, Bel opens up a space where disability is not expelled from visual and discursive practices, nor hidden behind the screen of political correctness. Instead, he places it squarely at the center of a discourse that has a bearing on both the aesthetic and political dimensions. Sparking both debate and praise across Europe, the work was a sensation at Documenta 13. In an article for The New York Times, Roberta Smith indicated that she "started shocked and disoriented and ended up completely caught up in it and grateful for what it revealed to me about what is often called 'our common humanity'."Frieze wrote of its "simple, stripped down conceptual clarity" and its "90 minutes of uneasy, preconception probing estrangement and empathy." With dramaturgy by Marcel Bugiel, Disabled Theater features Theater Hora performers Remo Beuggert, Gianni Blumer, Damian Bright, Matthias Brücker, Matthias Grandjean, Julia Häusermann, Sara Hess, Miranda Hossle, Peter Keller, Lorraine Meier and Tiziana Pagliaro.
Performances will take place in New York Live Arts' Theater. Come Early Conversations and Stay Late Discussions will also be featured with two shows. Tickets are $40. Tickets may be purchased online at tickets.newyorklivearts.org, by phone at 212-924-0077 and in person at the box office. Box Office hours are Monday to Friday from 1 to 9pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 8pm.
Jérôme Bel and Theater Hora
Disabled Theater (U.S. Premiere)
Nov 12 - 16 at 7:30pm; Nov 17 at 3:00pm
New York Live Arts Theater, New York Live Arts
T: 212-924-0077 | www.newyorklivearts.org
219 W 19th Street, New York, NY 10011
Box Office hours:
Monday-Friday 1 - 9pm | Saturday-Sunday 12 - 8pm
Schedule of Related Events:
Nov 14 at 6:30pm Come Early Conversation: Otherly Abled Bodies in Performance Bill Shannon (Visual Artist and Choreographer) in conversation with Sunaura Taylor (Painter and Activist for Disability and Animal Rights).
Nov 16 Stay Late Discussion: Theater, Discomfort, and the Making of Disabled Theater, Carla Peterson, Artistic Director of New York Live Arts in dialogue with Jérôme Bel.
About Jerome Bel:
Jerome Bel is a French choreographer who lives in Paris and works worldwide. Since his early works, he has been interested in what stands beyond representation. In his choreographies, the rules of dance and theater are treated like the syntax of a language that is analyzed and eventually put into play. Danced and spoken by professional as well as by amateur performers, his choreographies could also be seen as statements in favor of the democratization of dance, which he pursues by way of a non-virtuous approach.
His first piece, nom donné par l'auteur (1994), is a choreography of objects. The second one, Jerome Bel (1995), is based on the total nudity of the performers. The third one, Shirtology (1997), presents an actor wearing many T-shirts. The last performance (1998), in quoting several times a solo by the choreographer Susanne Linke, and also Hamlet or André Agassi, tries to define an ontology of the performance. The piece Xavier Le Roy (2000) was claimed by Jérôme Bel as his own, but was actually choreographed by the choreographer Xavier Le Roy. The show must go on (2001) brings toghether a cast of twenty performers, nineteen pop songs and one DJ. In 2004, he was invited to produce a piece for the Paris Opera Ballet: Veronique Doisneau (2004), on the work of the dancer Véronique Doisneau, from the ballet corps of that company. Isabel Torres(2005) for the ballet of the Teatro Municipal of Rio de Janeiro is the Brazilian version of the production for the Paris Opera. Pichet Klunchun and myself (2005) was created in Bangkok with the Thai traditional dancer Pichet Klunchun. In 2009, he produced Cédric Andrieux (2009) dancer in the Merce Cunningham Dance Company and then at the Lyon Opera Ballet. In 2010, he created 3Abschied with Anne-Teresa De Keersmaeker, based on The song of the Earth by Gustav Malher. Jérôme Bel received a New York Dance and Performance "Bessie" Award for the performances of The show must go on in New York in 2005. In 2008 Jerome Bel and Pichet Klunchun received the Routes Princess Margriet Award for Cultural Diversity (European Cultural Foundation).
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