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Jerome Bel (b. 1964)



Shirtology (1997)
The Show Must Go On (2001)
The Last Performance (A Lecture) (2004)
Pichet Klunchun and Myself (2005)


Jerome Bel lives in Paris, he works worldwide. 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 produces Cédric Andrieux (2009) dancer in the Merce Cunningham Dance Company and then at the Lyon Opera Ballet. In 2010, he creates with Anne-Teresa De Keersmaeker 3Abschied based on The song of the Earth by Gustav Malher. In 2012, he produces Disabled Theater, a piece with the perfomers of Theater Hora, a Zurich-based company consisting of professional actors with learning disabilities. The films of his shows are presented in the contemporary art biennials (Lyon, Porto Alegre, Tirana) and in many museums (Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and Metz, Hayward Gallery and Tate Modern in Londres, MOMA in New York). Jérôme Bel received a 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)