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Jérôme Bel

Cédric Andrieux

Part of The Next Stage: Merce Cunningham at the Walker Art Center

“All Bel creations have both a real honesty in their straightforward presentation and engagement with the audience… [this piece] shows us dance from the inside. Mr. Andrieux doesn’t just explain that the work is hard, often boring, sometimes humiliating yet transporting—we see it all clearly.” —New York Times

Known for conceptual, often slyly hilarious choreographic work, Jérôme Bel returns to the Walker with a beautifully spare and poetic evening of movement and autobiographical storytelling. Written and performed by Cédric Andrieux but shaped and directed by Bel, the piece provides a
behind-the-scenes look at Andrieux’s career, from his training in France to his many years as a principal dancer with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company and the Lyon Opera Ballet. Andrieux’s performance integrates his spoken English with the words of renowned choreographers such as Cunningham and Trisha Brown. This work opens wide the sometimes mysterious world of dance, offering insights into Cunningham’s visionary concepts as well as the iconic image of the individual dancer.

Funding

Support provided by Producers’ Council members Sage and John Cowles.

The Walker Art Center’s Dance Season is sponsored by