September 10, 2023 21:00
With this piece devised for Elizabeth Schwartz, Jérôme Bel is continuing his series of portraits of dancers, which he embarked upon in 2004, focusing on the figure of one of her specialities, Isadora Duncan.
Unlike Véronique Doisneau, Cédric Andrieux and Pichet Klunchun and myself, Jérôme Bel here, for the first time, draws the portrait of a deceased choreographer, based on her autobiographical work, Ma Vie [My Life].
Jérôme Bel discovers, beneath the romantic figure, a visionary choreographer who, through her great freedom of expression, favouring spontaneity and naturalness, provided the bases of modern dance, which in turn lie at the root of contemporary dance.
Mixing discursive and sensitive styles, spoken moments and danced solos, the performance brings to life the memory of free dance, by associating choreographic know-how with the spectacle experience. When linked with Jérôme Bel’s concerns about dance as a lever of emancipation, Isadora Duncan’s teaching, rekindled here, makes it possible to assert the topical nature of her critical potential.