Walker Stage: Jérôme Bel Bookend Festival

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The Walker has served as a home of sorts for Bel’s performances since 2005, and this festival is an opportunity to see his latest work, GALA—which comes to the Walker after receiving raves at the Tate Modern in London and at MoMA’s presentation as part of FIAF’s Crossing the Line Festival 2016

The Bookend Festival is also presenting Jérôme Bel, his controversial, rarely seen signature work from 1995. Hear from Bel himself at Talking Dance, a free discussion between Bel and Walker performing arts curator Philip Bither that includes a screening of his moving short film on classical corps de ballet dancer Véronique Doisneau. It’s an unprecedented way to get to know this radical dance master, whose influence and import continues to grow.

Ticket special: see both GALA and Jérôme Bel performances for $40

Tuesday and Wednesday, 8 pm: GALA performance
$22 (Walker Members $17.60)

Celebrate Minnesota’s own diverse community as Bel gleefully and convincingly makes the case that all bodies and movement are meaningful and joyous when danced with conviction and viewed with an open spirit.

Thursday, 8 pm: Talking Dance and Screening

Join Walker senior performing arts curator Philip Bither in
conversation with the provocative Parisian to get a sense of Bel’s humor, heart, and theory. The evening includes a screening of Bel’s moving short film on classical corps de ballet dancer Véronique Doisneau.

Friday, 8 pm: Jérôme Bel performance
$22 ($17.60)

The festival concludes where Bel began, with a rare showing
of one of his most controversial works, which he premiered in
1995. Witness four performers deconstruct the theatrics of
dance with nudity, shadow, and minimal movement. Contains adult content.

“One of the coolest conceptual dance-makers on the planet. His ironic, anti-theatrical productions have not only questioned the nature of dance, but crossed the dividing line between audience and performer.” —The Guardian
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By: Walker Art Center

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