Jérôme Bel wrote an ‘auto-bio-choreo-graphy’ about his work as a choreographer and his involvement with the world around him. As he no longer travels himself because of climate concerns, his story will be told and adapted in Amsterdam by local artists Maria Magdalena Kozłowska and Pankaj Tiwari.
In 2019, choreographer Jérôme Bel decided that he would no longer travel by plane because of ecological concerns. He created the project ‘Sustainable Theatre’ together with theatre director Katie Mitchell and Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne: two shows touring in the form of scripts with the text and a set of rules for the performance; the pieces are performed in a sustainable way by a local cast and crew in each country.
For the Holland Festival, the Netherlands-based makers Maria Magdalena Kozłowska and Pankaj Tiwari will realise this exciting concept in a smart and original way. Using video displays, they will tell the story in which Bel connects his earlier choreographies with his encounters, decisions, doubts and involvement. They will also draw on their own experiences as makers and connect these with those of Jérôme Bel.
The artistic research of Bel’s thirty-year career addresses fundamental questions about vulnerability, otherness, power relations, marginalisation, justice, equality, liberation from consumerism, capitalism and the showbiz society. Aged 33, Bel answered a journalist who asked why he made his work: ‘To save the world.’
Jérôme Bel is the second Sustainable Theatre production of the Holland Festival in collaboration with Frascati Productions. The first production was A Play for the Living in a Time of Extinction from Katie Mitchel in 2022.
Tue June 13 8:30 PM
Wed June 14 8:30 PM
- default € 21
- CJP/student/scholar € 12
language & duration
English surtitles: Dutch
Show duration to be announced
This show is part of the project 'Sustainable theatre?', conceived by Katie Mitchell, Jérôme Bel, Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne, with the collaboration of the Competence Centre in Sustainability of the University of Lausanne: two shows and a workshop touring in the form of scripts and recreated in each partner theatre with a local team.
World premiere of the show Jérôme Bel, performed and staged by Jérôme Bel, was produced by R.B. Jérôme Bel (assistant director: Maxime Kurvers; artistic advice and executive direction: Rebecca Lasselin; administration: Sandro Grando) in coproduction with Ménagerie de Verre (Paris), La Commune centre dramatique national d’Aubervilliers, Festival d’Automne à Paris, R.B. Jérôme Bel (Paris)
Images by Herman Sorgeloos, Marie-Hélène Rebois, Aldo Lee, Pierre Dupouey, Olivier Lemaire, Chloé Mossessian and produced by CND Centre national de la danse, R.B. Jérôme Bel, Paris National Opera/Telmondis in association with France 2, with the participation of Mezzo and of Centre national de la cinématographie, Theater Hora, French Institute Alliance Française – FIAF.
R.B Jérôme Bel is supported by the Direction régionale des affaires culturelles d'Ile-de-France, French Ministry for Culture.