This is Jérôme Bel’s twentieth production. The majority of his nineteen previous works were performed at Kaaitheater. With productions like Jérôme Bel, Le dernier spectacle, The show must go on, or the recent Gala, Bel has had an enormous influence on the development of the performing arts since the early 90s. For once, Bel is not exploring new avenues, but is looking back. Rétrospective is a subjective reflection on his own work. Bel chose a variety of dance fragments from his video archive. Through meticulous editing, he has used them to reconstruct the development of his thinking about dance. By emphasizing the links between dance and politics, he foregrounds central themes in his work (body, language, culture, power, vulnerability…). The twentieth Bel is one without the live presence of performers. After the film screening, there will be an extended conversation with the choreographer. Although Jérôme Bel's company no longer travels by plane for ecological reasons, the film medium of Rétrospective allows for an international tour.
'Un montage vidéo "pas objectif", offre un point de vue précieux sur sa démarche' — Le Vif Focus
conception Jérôme Bel | assistants Maxime Kurvers, Chiara Gallerani | images by Céline Bozon, Pierre Dupouey, Aldo Lee, Olivier Lemaire, Marie-Hélène Rebois | editing Yaël Bitton, Oliver Vulliamy | dancers Taous Abbas, Fanny Alton, Cédric Andrieux, Sheila Atala, Sonja Augart, Michèle Bargues, Jérôme Bel, Ryo Bel, Malik Benazzouz, Remo Beuggert, Nicole Beutler, Gianni Blumer, Céline Bozon, Damian Bright, Matthias Brücker, Carine Charaire, Vassia Chavaroche, Germana Civera, Houda Daoudi, Diola Djiba, Shadé Djiba, Olga De Soto, Véronique Doisneau, Juan Dominguez, Moussa Doukoure, Dina Ed Dik, Chiara Gallerani, Nicolas Garsault, Ito Glissant, Matthias Grandjean, Stéphanie Gomes, Claire Haenni, Julia Häusermann, Sara Hess, Olivier Horeau, Miranda Hossle, Benoît Izard, Cuqui Jerez, Marie-Yolette Jura, Peter Keller, Maxime Kurvers, La Bourette, Akira Lee, Aldo Lee, Françoise Legardinier, Lorraine Meier, Eva Meyer Keller, Ion Munduate, Henrique Neves, Tiziana Pagliaro, Gisèle Pelozuelo, Carlos Pez, Magali Saby, Oliviane Sarazin, Frédéric Seguette, Esther Snelder, Johannes Sundrup, Simone Truong, Pierre Tu, Amaia Urra, Peter Vandenbempt, Hester Van Hasselt, Simone Verde | production R.B. Jérôme Bel | co-production Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne, HAU Hebbel am Ufer, La Commune Centre dramatique national d’Aubervilliers, Théâtre de la Ville, Festival d’Automne à Paris | thanks to CND Centre national de la danse (Pantin), Opéra national de Paris, Telmondis, Theater Hora, La Bâtie, Jean-Gabriel Periot | with the support of Ménagerie de Verre in the framework of Studiolab