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Jerome Bel's "Veronique Doisneau" at the Baryshnikov Art

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Ballet Talkers who saw the piece at Paris Opera Ballet discussed it earlier - it's not something to go to expecting to see dance, but rather a discussion of dance. I've seen Bel's "Pichet Klunchun & myself" and respected it a lot as an intelligent examination of the gap between classical and contemporary dance.

In any case - it's free! Go and report back on what you thought.






SUNDAY, MARCH 8, 2009 AT 5:30PM

New York, NY, March 2, 2009 — The Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC) is pleased to present Véronique Doisneau (2005), a film by Jérôme Bel and Pierre Dupouey, on Sunday, March 8 at 5:30pm at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, Howard Gilman Performance Space. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Mr. Bel.

Program Information

Véronique Doisneau (2005), 37 minutes

Recorded at the Palais Garnier, Opéra National de Paris, Paris, France, October 2005

Conception and Direction by Jérôme Bel

With Véronique Doisneau, Céline Talon, Sujets of the Corps de Ballet of the Paris Opera Ballet

Extracts of ballets borrowed from Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot (Giselle), Merce Cunningham (Points in Space), Mats Ek (Giselle), Rudolf Nureyev (La Bayadère from Marius Petipa / Le Lac des cygnes from Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov)

Music from: Le Lac des cygnes (Tchaikovsky), recording of files of the Paris Opera Orchestra, solo violin Frederic Laroque, conducted by Vello Pähn; Giselle (Adolphe Adam), recorded by the Monte Carlo Opera Orchestra, conducted by Richard Bonynge, Decca Editions Record Company Ltd., courtesy of Universal Music Special Projects France.

Associate producers: Denis Morlière and Antoine Perset

Véronique Doisneau is a co-production of the Opéra national de Paris and Telemondis in association with France 2; with the participation of Mezzo, Centre National de la Cinémantographie

Baryshnikov Arts Center, 450 West 37th Street (between 9th and 10th Avenues). Admission is free. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 646-731-3218.

Jérôme Bel was born in 1964. Based in Paris, he works worldwide. He studied at the Centre National de Danse Contemporaine of Angers (France) from 1984-1985, and performed for many choreographers in France and in Italy from 1985-1991. In 1992, he was assistant to the director and choreographer Philippe Découflé for the ceremonies of the XVIth Winter Olympic Games of Albertville and Savoie (France).

He began choreographing in 1994 with nom donné par l'auteur. His other works include: Jerome Bel (1995); Shirtology (1997), commissioned by the Centro Cultural de Belem (Lisbon) and Victoria (Ghent); The last performance (1998); Glossolalie (1999); Xavier Le Roy (2000); The Bessie Award winning The show must go on (2001), which brings together a cast of twenty performers, nineteen pop songs and one DJ, and is currently in the repertory of the Lyon Opera Ballet; The show must go on 2 (2004); and Pichet Klunchun & myself (2005) with the Thai traditional dancer Pichet Klunchun. In 2008, Jérôme Bel and Pichet Klunchun received the Routes Princess Margriet Award for Cultural Diversity from the European Cultural Foundation for Pichet Klunchun & myself (2005).

Jérôme Bel was invited to produce a piece for the Paris Opera ballet: Véronique Doisneau (2004), a theatrical documentary on corps dancer Véronique Doisneau. He created a Brazilian version of this production, Isabel Torres (2005), for the Teatro Municipal of Rio de Janeiro.

In 2009, he will produce two new pieces, Lutz Förster and Cédric Andrieux, within the framework of questioning the experience and the knowledge of performers. Lutz Förster worked with Susanne Linke, Pina Bausch, the Limon Dance Company, and Bob Wilson; Cédric Andrieux was in the Merce Cunningham Dance Company for eight years and then at the Lyon Opera Ballet. Jérôme Bel will also create a solo monologue for himself, A spectator. In 2010, he and Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker will create 3 Abschied, a performance based on The song of the Earth by Gustav Malher in the Schönberg version.

The Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC) opened its doors in New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen in November 2005. BAC serves as a creative laboratory, meeting place, and performance space for a vibrant community of artists from around the world. BAC is also dedicated to building audiences for the arts by presenting contemporary, innovative work at low or no cost to ticket buyers. The organization recently purchased a 299-seat theater in the performing arts complex; the facility will undergo renovation in 2009 to be transformed into the state of the art Jerome Robbins Theater. Scheduled to open in 2010, the theater will serve as an organic extension of the existing center, featuring multi-disciplinary work, emerging talent, and international artists, and including artist-centered activity that fosters creative exploration. For more information, please visit www.bacnyc.org.

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"In 37 minutes “Veronique Doisneau” reveals the toll a lifetime of physical and emotional discipline takes on a beautiful young woman. But the film-maker is a dancer himself, and his portrayal does not slight the sublime nature of her toil. The result is a dancer’s story, told with a dancer’s exquisitely refined sense of balance."

This is from a review of "Veronique Doisneau" in danceviewtimes.com. You can read it at at http://www.danceviewtimes.com/2009/03/a-da...tory-.html#more

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