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Isadora Duncan

Jérôme Bel

DANCE

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 doesn't travel by plane anymore. This piece has been rehearsed by Skype.

60 min approx.
Tickets start at $15

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Production: R.B. Jérôme Bel

Co-production: 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.

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Package includes a ticket to Cyril Teste's Opening Night (Thu-Sat, Sep 12-14) plus a discounted ticket to a second show of your choice at FIAF. Select from Jérôme Bel's Isadora Duncan (Wed, Sep 25), Aurélie Charon's Radio Live (Wed, Oct 2), and Olivier Tarpaga's When Birds Refused to Fly (Thu, Oct 10). All shows are at 7:30pm.

Steps to purchase:

  • Buy your ticket for Opening Night. On the Ticketmaster ticket page, click on the displayed ticket price to open additional ticket options. Select one of the 2-pack options and place your order.
  • Email boxoffice@fiaf.org with the name & date of your preferred second show. Make sure to include your Opening Night Ticketmaster order number.

Get the CTL 2-Pack & Save!

Package includes a ticket to Cyril Teste's Opening Night (Thu-Sat, Sep 12-14) plus a discounted ticket to a second show of your choice at FIAF. Select from Jérôme Bel's Isadora Duncan (Wed, Sep 25), Aurélie Charon's Radio Live (Wed, Oct 2), and Olivier Tarpaga's When Birds Refused to Fly (Thu, Oct 10). All shows are at 7:30pm.

Steps to purchase:

  • Buy your ticket for Opening Night. On the Ticketmaster ticket page, click on the displayed ticket price to open additional ticket options. Select one of the 2-pack options and place your order.
  • Email boxoffice@fiaf.org with the name & date of your preferred second show. Make sure to include your Opening Night Ticketmaster order number.

Jérôme Bel

Jérôme Bel was born in 1964, lives in Paris. In his early pieces, Jérôme Bel applied structuralist operations to dance in order to single out the primary elements from  theatrical spectacle. His interest subsequently shifted from dance as a stage practice to the issue of the performer as a particular individual. The series of portraits of dancers (Véronique Doisneau, Cédric Andrieux, Pichet Klunchun and myself…) broaches dance through the narrative of those who practice it, emphasizes words in a dance spectacle, and stresses the issue of the singularity of the stage. Through his use of biography, Jérôme Bel politicizes his questions, aware as he is of the crisis involving the subject in contemporary society and the forms its representation takes on stage. In The show must go on, which was awarded a Bessie in 2005 and Disabled Theater, he started dealing with questions about what the theatre can be in a political sense. In offering the stage to non-traditional performers (amateurs, people with physical and mental handicaps, children in Gala), he shows a preference for the community of differences over the formatted group, and a desire to dance over choreography, and duly applies the methods of a process of emancipation through art. In 2016, he created MoMA Dance Company, performed by some of its staff members and he has also been invited to contemporary art biennials and museums, where he has put on performances and shown films.

Isadora Duncan
Jérôme Bel
DANCE
US Premiere
Wed, Sep 25

FIAF Florence Gould Hall

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 duncanarchive.org. 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.

Isadora Duncan
Jérôme Bel
DANCE
US Premiere
Wed, Sep 25

FIAF Florence Gould Hall