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Jérôme Bel at Bookend Festival

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.


Jérôme Bel: Gala
November 1-2, 2016, 8 pm
Celebrate Minnesota’s own diverse community as radical dancemaster Jérôme Bel gleefully and convincingly makes the case that all bodies and movement are meaningful and joyous when danced with conviction and viewed with an open spirit.

Talking Dance/Screening with Jérôme Bel
November 3, 2016, 8 pm
Get a sense of provocative Parisian choreographer-philosopher Jérôme Bel’s humor, heart, and theory during the artist’s conversation with Walker senior performing arts curator Philip Bither. The evening includes a screening of Bel’s moving short film on classical corps de ballet dancer Véronique Doisneau.

Jérôme Bel: Jérôme Bel
November 4, 2016, 8 pm
The festival concludes with a rare showing of one of Jérôme Bel‘s earliest and most controversial works. Four performers deconstruct the theatrics of dance with minimal movement, nudity, and shadow. Contains adult content.