Gala, one of French choreographer Jérôme Bel’s most acclaimed works, is a dance show in which he presents on stage a group of people who differ greatly from each other in age, shape and background, and fully embraces their limitations, defects and imperfections. The piece, within a universal context, goes beyond artistic talent and established canons. It highlights human emotions, the joy of dreaming, of being oneself and inhabiting a free body.
With this piece Jérôme Bel questions the basic rules and traditional functions of contemporary dance. A distinctive fact about the show is that it will be produced and performed by local artists, given that Bel decided several years ago to give up air travel.
Bel started dancing aged 16 and he achieved worldwide recognition for his controversial creations: amongst his most renowned titles are Nom donné par l’auteur (Name given by the author, 1994), Jérôme Bel (1995), Shirtologie (1997), Le dernier spectacle (The last spectacle, 1998), The show must go on (2001) which was performed in Buenos Aires in 2008 and Disabled Theatre (2012). All of them are successful productions that challenge the conventions of contemporary dance by developing content that is controversial and provocative but also entertaining and thought-provoking.
Gala’s opening night will be on Wednesday 29 January in the amphitheatre of Parque Centenario. Access to the show will be free and unrestricted. The second performance will be on Thursday 30 at the same time.
Don’t miss it!