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Isadora Duncan

Jérôme Bel


US Premiere
Wed, Sep 25 at 7:30pm

FIAF Florence Gould Hall
55 East 59th Street, NYC

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“Performance art that is smart, severe, even philosophical, and at the same time cheeky and funny and entertaining”
The New York Times, 2016

Iconoclastic choreographer Jérôme Bel returns to FIAF with a new piece commissioned by Crossing the Line and inspired by Isadora Duncan's celebrated autobiographical work My Life. The US premiere of this solo piece performed by Catherine Gallant, a New York-based dancer, historian, and Duncan-specialist, is the culmination of Bel's series of portraits of dancers.

Isadora Duncan examines an artistic pioneer from her American roots to her ultimate demise in France. The piece uncovers a woman who was a feminist, Darwinist, communist, and an advocate of free love. In bringing the same spontaneity, naturalness, and freedom she exhibited in life to the stage, she established the origins of modern dance.

For ecological reasons, R.B/Jérôme Bel company does not travel by plane. This piece has been rehearsed by Skype.

60 min approx.

Concept: Jérôme Bel
Choreography: Isadora Duncan
Performed by Catherine Gallant

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Production: R.B. Jérôme Bel

Coproduction: French Institute Alliance Française-FIAF (New York), Lower Manhattan Cultural Council-LMCC (New York), FringeArts (Philadelphia), La Commune centre dramatique national d’Aubervilliers, Les Spectacles Vivants - Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), Festival d’Automne à Paris, R.B. Jérôme Bel (Paris), Tanz im August/ HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin), BIT Teatergarasjen (Bergen)

R.B Jérôme Bel is supported by the Direction régionale des affaires culturelles d'Ile-de-France, French Ministry for Culture and Communication, by the Institut Français, French Ministry for Foreign Affairs, for its international tours and by ONDA - Office National de Diffusion Artistique - for its tours in France

R.B. Jérôme Bel : artistic advice and executive direction : Rebecca Lasselin; production manager : Sandro Grando
Isadora Duncan was developed as part of Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Arts Center Residency program.

Jérôme Bel

Jérôme Bel was born in 1964 and currently lives in Paris. An experimental choreographer, Bel provokes his audiences with witty, cerebral presentations that often break down the traditional barrier between performer and audience, and pose questions about virtuosity and the nature of dance. His performances include Pichet Klunchun and Myself (2005), Véronique Doisneau (2004), The Last Performance (1998), and The Show Must Go On (2001), a riot of 20 performers, 19 pop songs, and one DJ, which was awarded a Bessie in 2005. In 2016 he created MoMA Dance Company, performed by some of the staff members of the Museum of Modern Art. His book, Emails 2009-2010, written with the French choreographer Boris Charmatz, was published by Les Presses du Réel, and is available online.

Catherine Gallant

Catherine Gallant has been dancing, choreographing, and teaching for more than 30 years, in both traditional and alternative venues. Gallant has received funding for her work from the Harkness Foundation for Dance, LMCC/Creative Engagement, the Bossak/Heilbron Charitable Trust, City Parks Foundation, Jody and John Arnhold, and NYFA. She has taught college dance courses at Boston Conservatory, Curry College, and MIT. She has been creating new works as Catherine Gallant/DANCE since 1999. Catherine is also the director and co-founder (with Patricia Adams in 1989) of Dances by Isadora, which performs, teaches, and collaborates with Duncan dancers throughout the world. She began her study of the technique of Isadora Duncan with Julia Levien, a student of Anna and Irma Duncan, in 1982. She is currently on the Duncan Archive Committee and is a regular contributor to Catherine is currently a fulltime dance educator at PS 89 in Lower Manhattan. She and her students were featured in the Emmy-nominated PBS documentary, PS DANCE! She was on the writing committee for NYC Blueprint for the Arts in dance and is on the faculty of the Dance Education Laboratory (DEL). Ms. Gallant is a graduate of Boston Conservatory and holds an MFA in dance from Temple University.