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Jérôme Bel's Solo for Maria Kochetkova

At The Joyce Theater, from July 16 to 20, the renowned ballerina Maria Kochetkova - who recently departed San Francisco Ballet to pursue new experiences - takes the stage in a production all her own, accompanied by friends from top ballet companies. The program includes works by William Forsythe, Drew Jacoby, Myles Thatcher, David Dawson, Marco Goecke, and Marcos Morau

Additionally, the conceptual dance maker Jérôme Bel offers audiences a glimpse into Kochetkova’s inner world, with a poetic new solo inspired by this remarkable dancer’s life, now cracked wide open.


Jérôme Bel  is an experimental choreographer with a reputation for being controversial. The Paris-based artist provokes his audiences with witty, cerebral presentations that often break down the traditional barrier between performer and audience, and that pose questions about virtuosity and the nature of dance. 

Bel discovered contemporary dance at the 1983 Festival d'Avignon, where he saw two important pieces, Nelken by Pina Bausch and Rosas danst Rosas by Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker. He studied from 1984 to 1985 at the Centre chorégraphique national in Angers (CNDC) and until 1991, danced for a variety of choreographers in France and Italy, including Angelin Preljocaj, Régis Obadia, Daniel Larrieu among others. He worked during twelve years with Frédéric Seguette and developed provocative and entertaining pieces influenced by performance art, such as The Show Must Go On presented in New York in 2005 (Bel received a Bessie Award-choreographer/creator category), and then again at The Joyce Theater in 2016.

His work has been shown at Tate Modern, London; the Centre Pompidou, Paris; and MoMA, new York. His work has been included in Performa, New York, Kunsten Festival des Arts, Brussels, and Festival d’Avignon as well as dOCUMENTA 13 (2012) in Kassel. Films of his shows have been presented at biennials of contemporary art in Lyon, Porto Alegre, Tirana, and at the Centre Georges-Pompidou in Paris and in Metz, at the Hayward Gallery and the Tate Modern in London, and at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

More on Jérôme Bel here.

 

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