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The French choreographer Jérôme Bel continues the series of portraits he began in 2004 with his solo for the dancer and teacher Elizabeth Schwartz. In “Isadora Duncan” he portrays a deceased artist for the first time, using her autobiographical book “My Life”. In the figure of Isadora Duncan, he discovers a visionary choreographer who laid the foundations for modern dance in her great freedom of expression and preference for spontaneity and naturalness. By ecological choice R.B. / Jérôme Bel company doesn’t travel by plane, therefore a version of the piece is simultaneously created in New York, by Skype, with the dancer Catherine Gallant.
TFB Nr. 1350
Cast & Credits
Concept: Jérôme Bel
Choreography: Isadora Duncan
With: Elisabeth Schwartz
Assistant: Sheila Atala
Artistic Advice & Executive Direction R.B. Jérôme Bel: Rebecca Lasselin
Production Management R.B. Jérôme Bel: Sandro Grando
With extracts of performances by Isadora Duncan.
Production: R.B. Jérôme Bel
Coproduction: Tanz im August / HAU Hebbel am Ufer, La Commune centre dramatique national d’Aubervilliers, Les Spectacles Vivants – Centre Georges Pompidou, Festival d’Automne à Paris, R.B. Jérôme Bel, BIT Teatergarasjen
Supported by: CND Centre National de la Danse Pantin, MC93 Bobigny, Ménagerie de Verre Paris in the frame of Studiolab for providing studios
R.B Jérôme Bel is supported by the Direction régionale des affaires culturelles d’Ile-de-France, French Ministry for Culture and Communication, by the Institut Français, French Ministry for Foreign Affairs, for its international tours and by ONDA – Office National de Diffusion Artistique – for its tours in France.
With the support of Institut français and French Ministry of Culture/DGCA.
In cooperation with Deutsches Theater Berlin.
Tanz im August 2019
Artistic Director: Virve Sutinen
Executive Producer Festival: Isa Köhler
Producer: Anja Lindner, Marie Schmieder (on parental leave)
Project Management: Simone Graf
Assistant to Artistic Director & Production Assistant: Alina Sophie Scheyrer-Lauer
Production: Florian Greß, Ben Mohai, Sofie Marie Luckhardt, Katharina Rost, Lovisa Sohls Söderberg, Charlotte Werner
Technical Director: Ruprecht Lademann, Patrick Tucholski
Tanz im August is a festival by HAU Hebbel am Ufer, funded by the Capital Cultural Fund.
Deutsches Theater Berlin
The video documentation is produced on behalf of the Senate Department for Culture and Europe. The purpose of this contract is to document productions in the field of contemporary dance in Berlin. The master recordings are archived by the University Library of the Berlin University of Arts. Copies of the recordings on DVD are available for viewing exclusively in the reference collections of the following archives (at media desks in these institutions):
University Library of the Berlin University of Arts
Mediathek für Tanz und Theater des Internationalen Theaterinstituts / Mime Centrum Berlin
Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin (HZT)