The clever concept of the original version works, the idea to translate it to amateurs, too! Our opinion: a true blockbuster, which will be resumed again after the Düsseldorf premiere in autumn 2014. 20 performers, among them ten children and youngsters and a DJ meet 30 years of pop history. Together with locally casted non-professionals they perform "the show must go on" by Jérôme Bel, regarded a masterpiece of recent dance history. Now it is being newly rehearsed in Düsseldorf. After all, "the show must go on" caused a scandal when it was premiered at the Hamburg Schauspielhaus in 2000 as the first piece under new director Tom Stromberg. Five years later Jérôme Bel received the prestigious New York Bessie Award for innovations in dance and performance. The French choreographer, one of the most sought after artists of the international dance and performance scene, is known for his experimental work in the genre of dance. He often provokes the audience to face up with its expectations as art is concerned.
Under the heading of the Düsseldorf dancer Dina ed Dik who has been familiar with Bel´s work and who was one of the dancers of the original version, selected songs by the Beatles, Nick Cave, David Bowie, Police or Queen, are taken literally. The performers tell stories of their own, using images, memories, emotions and movements to tell us about dance, about art and finally about humanity. A new feature in the Düsseldorf version of “the show must go on” is the large amount of children and youngsters taking part.
Concept, direction: Jérôme Bel; Songs by: Leonard Bernstein, David Bowie, Nick Cave, Norman Gimbel & Charles Fox, J. Horner, W. Jennings, Mark Knopfler, John Lennon & Paul McCartney, Louiguy, Galt MacDermott, George Michael, Erick “More“ Morillo & M. Quashie, Edith Piaf, The Police & Hugh Padgham, Queen, Lionel Richie, A. Romero Monge & R. Ruiz, Paul Simon; Düsseldorf version with a local cast under the heading of Dina ed Dik. Cast: Lena Daniluk, Ron Engels, Hans Eversmann, Clemens Henle, Werner Kluefer, Kisuk Lee-Zergiebel, Tim Lenzing, Marie Jolie Matthes, Joachim Noack, José Pablo, Gisela Pöpping, Anys Reimann, Linus Reimann, Lara Sadlo, Anna Schmitz, Anna Simon, Noah Stork, Helmar Trompelt, Lena Weyers, Beate Witz, Karen Zimmermann. A production of the tanzhaus nrw within Take-off: Junger Tanz, sponsored by the Kulturamt der Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf und das Ministerium für Familie, Kinder, Jugend, Kultur und Sport des Landes NRW.