With this beckettian call to creativity that is being born from failure, from an apparent difficulty or simply from the human nature, the performance Gala of the French choregrapher Jérôme Bel continues his worldly tour at Bucharest. One of the creations that shifted the audience perception on contemporary dance and of his own body is presented by The National Dance Center Bucharest (CNDB) and The French Institute, on 13 and 14 December at Odeon Theatre inside the international programme FranceDanse Orient Express 2017. The first show in Bucharest will be introduced by CNDB Prizes 2017.

A movement workshop for amateurs in the Parisian region – starting from this French experience in 2014, Jérôme Bel questions dance in all its forms, from the dance steps in the living room, in the intimacy of its own house to the institutionalized one, with theatrical rules, on a real stage. Why has the last one legitimacy or another authority then the first? What does dance and movement mean for each of us? All these questions, very simple at first sight, were asked by the choreographer for the audience and to the 20 Romanian dancers with whom he worked for the Bucharest version of the performance. A surprizing cast fighting against all clichés on dance and theatre, reuniting actors, ballet and professional dancers, but also common people that you would have never seen on a real stage – children, teenagers, elders, handicaped people etc. Together, this team presents and deconstructs models and accepted ballet and contemporary dance canons, sometimes with shyness, mistakes and clumsiness, but also breaking and overcoming limits. A collective work that aims to underline the political and social dimension of dance, its capacity to serve as a bond inside an ephemeral community.

A gala is usually a common place for theatrical experience: a festive and collective occasion, from performances at the end of the year and amateur performances to fancy events. Reinvented by Jérôme Bel, it already travelled in thousands of countries through three continents because of its flexible, mobile format and accesible for everyone. All over the place, the performance made a novel inventory for dance. The result is a community already impressed by performers, Gala  which assimilated different movement and reconsidered dance. It’s Romanians’ moment to make room in this fragmented gala, a patchwork of images and reflection, a living portrait gallery.

Concept: Jérôme Bel
Assistent: Maxime Kurvers
Assitents for recreating the performance: Chiara Gallerani and Cédric Andrieux
With: 20 dancers
Costumes: dancers

A production: R.B. Jérôme Bel (Paris)
Coproducers: Dance Umbrella (London), TheaterWorks Singapore/72-13, KunstenFestivaldesArts (Brussels), Tanzquartier Wien, Nanterre-Amandiers Centre Dramatique National, Festival d'Automne à Paris, Theater Chur (Chur) and TAK Theater Liechtenstein (Schaan) - TanzPlan Ost, Fondazione La Biennale di Venezia, Théâtre de la Ville (Paris), HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin), BIT Teatergarasjen (Bergen), La Commune Centre dramatique national d’Aubervilliers, Tanzhaus nrw (Düsseldorf), House on Fire with the support of the European Union

Supported by: Centre National de la Danse (Pantin) and Ménagerie de Verre (Paris) inside Studiolab
R.B Jérôme Bel is welcomed by Direction régionale des affaires culturelles d'Ile-de-France, The Ministry of Culture and Communication in France, The French Institute, France Ministry of Foreign Affairs for international tournaments and ONDA - Office National de Diffusion Artistique – for the France tournaments.

The event’s partner: Orange

Duration: 1h15
Tickets’ price: 
45 lei full price and 25 lei with discount. Biletele are sold by Odeon Theatre’s Ticket agency (Calea Victoriei 40-42) and online on kompostor.ro 


The Event is organised by the French Institute in Romania and the National Dance Center in Bucharest during FranceDanse Orient-Express 2017, a regional project coordonated by Teatroskop. Teatroskop is a cooperation programme between France and and the SE European countries in the performance art industry, initiated by the French Institute in Paris, the Ministry of Culture and the European and Foreign Affairs in France.

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