Isadora Duncan
Big stage
13.11.2020 – 14.11.2020
Portrait Elisabeth Schwartz

Celebrated choreographer Jérôme Bel pays tribute to the mother of modern dance in his newest performance, “Isadora Duncan”. So, he continues his dancers’* series of portraits, which he started back in 2004. In contrast to his previous works, in which the portrayed dancers* themselves stood on the stage, he will now draw upon the image of a dancer and choreographer who is already deceased, and he uses her autobiographical book “My Life” for this undertaking.
Isadora Duncan is viewed as a pioneer and trailblazer of modern dance; furthermore, she, as a woman who first lived in the USA and later on in Europe at the onset of the 20th century, was renowned for her feminist engagement as well as for her support of the younger dance generation. French choreographer Jérôme Bel discovers a visionary choreographer alongside the romantic figure, a choreographer who created the foundations for modern dance with great freedom of expression, a penchant for spontaneity and naturalness. In turn, modern dance is seen as the origin of contemporary dance, the genre wherein Jérôme Bel creates. In discursive and sensitive forms, spoken scenes and danced solos and through the intertwining of choreography knowledge with theatrical experience, the play resurrects the memory of a biography.

“How the daughter of a poor music teacher arrived at renouncing ballet so early, when she was still a child, while she later accused this disciplinary institution of stunting the body, this remains the wonder of her biography.” Katrin Bettina Müller, August 23rd, 2019

Duration: 60 Min. / in English

Accompanying program
starting 15.11. Film series Von Jérôme Bel zu Isadora Duncan und zurück 
in collaboration with BLACK BOX – Kino im Filmmuseum

Concept: Jérôme Bel; Choreography: Isadora Duncan; With: Sheila Atala, Elisabeth Schwartz; Production: R.B. Jérôme Bel; Artistic consulting, Management: Rebecca Lasselin; Productionsmanagement: Sandro Grando.
A production of R.B. Jérôme Bel, coproduced by Tanz im August / HAU Hebbel am Ufer, La Commune centre dramatique national d’Aubervilliers, Les Spectacles Vivants – Centre Georges Pompidou, Festival d’Automne à Paris, BIT Teatergarasjen. Supported by CND Centre National de la Danse Pantin, MC93 Bobigny, Ménagerie de Verre Paris im Rahmen by Studiolab for the
provision of studios. R.B. Jérôme Bel is supported by DRAC – Regionaldirektion für kulturelle Angelegenheiten von Paris – Ministerium für Kultur und Kommunikation, Institut Français, French Ministry for Foreign Affairs, für internationale Tourneen and by ONDA – Office National de Diffusion Artistique für Tourneen in France. The guest performance is supported by Institut Français Deutschland.