Performing Lectures
Sunday, October 2nd 2005
at 8.30pm
at Atelierfrankfurt

The Last Performance
(A Lecture)

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"Invited at the same time by the Hebbel Theater in Berlin, the Tanz-quartier in Vienna and the Centre National de Dance in Paris to perform 'The last performance' (1998) I decided, instead of presenting the piece, to make a lecture about its issues. I have the feeling that this difficult piece hasn't been really understood. Maybe the piece was bad. But I believe that the issues of this piece were relevant, that is why I would like to change my medium and use the tool of the lecture to try to articulate better the stakes of 'The last performance'. I will re-contextualise the piece in its theoretical level through the texts of Roland Barthes and Peggy Phelan and in my artistic situation at that time." (Jérôme Bel)

In English language
Jérôme Bel
is one of the most discussed choreographers of this time. He lives in Paris and works worldwide.
He studies at Centre National de Danse Contemporaine d'Angers. From 1985 to 1991, he dances with many choregraphers in France and Italy. In 1992, he is assistant of Philippe Découflé for the opening ceremony of the XVIth winter Olympic games of Albertville.
His own productions are "nom donné par l'auteur" (1994), "Jérôme Bel" (1995), and "Shirtology" (1997). This last piece is commisioned by Victoria (Ghent) and Centro Cultural de Belem (Lisbon) and a Japanese version is made in Kyoto and Tokyo. Then Jérôme Bel produces "The last performance" (1998), "Xavier Le Roy" (1999) and "The show must go on" (2001). This piece belongs also to the repertory of the Deutsches Schauspielhaus in Hamburg.
For the ballet of the Opera national de Paris he makes "Veronique Doisneau" (2004). For the Thai dancer Pichet Klunchun he produces "Made in Thailand" (2005) .