South Caucasus Contemporary Dance & Experimental Art Festival.
Jérôme Bel - GALA 
25 July

September 12/13, 2017., 20:00


Nodar Dumbadze Professional Youth Theatre

Address: 101/1 D. Agmashenebeli Ave.


Conception: Jérôme Bel

Assistant: Maxime Kurvers

Assistants for the local restaging: Henrique Lopes, Chiara Gallerani

by and with: Georgian based amateur and professional dancers

Costumes: the dancers

Production: R.B. Jérôme Bel (Paris)

Duration: 1. 30 h

Artistic advice and company development: Rebecca Lee

Production manager: Sandro Grando

Technical advice: Gilles Gentner


Coproduction: 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 cultural program



Gala offers a different approach to dance. In this collective art form, Jérôme Bel’s project brings together dance professionals and amateurs of diverse backgrounds. Driven on by the experience of workshops run with amateurs, Jérôme Bel sought to set down a flexible framework to travel with, and which could give rise to a wide variety of forms. He wanted it to be accessible to amateurs from all different horizons and to provide them with the opportunity to give their all and make the project their own. In doing so, he took that most 'commonplace' of theatrical experiences: the gala, a festive, group occasion, spanning end-of-year shows and amateur performances. He then subverted the genre in order to cover different styles and fragments of stories, which would build up an inventory of a dance 'with no particular qualities' and bring out all the possible relationships that are unique to the body and voice. What is it that makes us dance? How do we watch dance that might be fragile and precarious without indulging in notions of judgement, such as 'well done' or 'badly done'? 

The result is a gala that is bitty, patched up, traversed by moments of reflection, like galleries of living portraits. With its 'Fail again. Fail better' emphasis, Gala goes from one theatre to the next, like 'a mirror taking a stroll by the side of a road', and brings home to us something about the making of those we are watching as well as the way we watch.

© R.B.



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The festival is funded by the Swiss Cooperation Office for the South Caucasus (SCO).

The festival is co-funded by Georgian Ministry of Culture and Monument protection and Tbilisi City Hall.

Partner: N. Dumbadze Youth Theatre