Jérôme Bel

Isadora Duncan
Big stage
15.10.2021 – 16.10.2021
Portrait Elisabeth Schwartz
Elisabeth Schwartz trägt ein weißes wallendes Kleid und tanzt mit erhobenen Armen und linkem Bein.

Celebrated choreographer Jérôme Bel pays tribute to the mother of modern dance in his 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 dancer Elisabeth Schwartz and the choreographer Jérôme Bel resurrect the memories of a biography on stage.

Duration: 50 min.

Accompanying programme
Sun 17.10. 11:00 – 13:30

Workshop On Isadora with Elisabeth Schwartz


Concept: Jérôme Bel; Choreography: Isadora Duncan; With: Elisabeth Schwartz, Jérôme Bel; Production: R.B. Jérôme Bel.
A co-production 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, R.B. Jérôme Bel, BIT Teatergarasjen. Supported by: CND Centre National de la Danse Pantin, MC93 Bobigny, Ménagerie de Verre Paris im Rahmen von Studiolab. Jérôme Bel is supported by DRAC – Regionaldirektion für kulturelle Angelegenheiten von Paris – Ministerium für Kultur und Kommunikation, Institut Français, French Ministry for Foreign Affairs, for interational tours and by ONDA – Office National de Diffusion Artistique for Tours in France. The guest performance is supported by Institut Français Deutschland.