Celebrate dance and diversity as the Center for the Art of Peformance (CAP) UCLA presents the Jérôme Bel Gala featuring a unique and universally-inclusive approach to dance. And be sure to bring the entire family to this playful and powerful performance.
In this collective art form, choreographer Jérôme Bel brings together dance professionals and amateurs of diverse backgrounds. The diversity of the acts never calls on us to pass judgment, but they reveal the way in which each person’s cultural repertoire involves him or her in a singular relationship with that desire for something else other than dance — joy, accomplishment, transcendence perhaps?
As with his previous works, Disabled Theater, a piece performed by a troupe of mentally challenged actors, and Cour d’honneur, which put a group of spectators center stage, Bel uses the same question as a starting point for Gala — how can we bring to the stage a representation of individuals and bodies that are all too often excluded from it in order to enlarge the perimeter of performance and reshape it so all those drawn to the performing arts can participate?
To make this piece accessible to amateurs and provide them with the opportunity to give their all and make the project their own, Bel chose that most ‘commonplace’ of theatrical experiences — the gala. The result is a gala that is bitty, patched up, traversed by moments of reflection, like galleries of living portraits. With its “Fail again. Fail better” emphasis, Gala goes from one theatre to the next, like “a mirror taking a stroll by the side of a road,” and brings home to us something about the making of those we are watching as well as the way we watch.
Priced at $29-$59
Special youth ticket price for anyone 18 and under. Use offer code JBGA50 to receive 50% off tickets!
Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019 at 8 pm, Doors open at 7pm
929 South Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90015
For tickets and more information please visit: https://cap.ucla.edu/calendar/details/jerome_bel