Featuring amateurs, professionals and everything in between, the 20 dancers of Gala will be cast in NYC from all walks of life. Through their movement, the gentle humanity of each performer lights up this inspired production. Breaking the sanctity of the stage, this is a jumble of joys, failures, and stumbling insights into the uniting power of dance.

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Jérôme Bel, the “mischievously entertaining” (The Guardian) Paris-based choreographer, explores the relationship between choreography and popular culture, dancer and audience, often using humor to break the formality of a theater apparatus. Bel’s work has often been referred to as conceptual. He questions both art and contemporary dance by deconstructing modes of presentation and the notion of authorship while problematizing the historical prominence of technical virtuosity in dance. 

Gala is part of the third annual Tilt Kids Festival, a cultural event for families presented by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF). 



This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

NYU Skirball’s “Serious Fun” family matinee series is made possible in part with generous support from Con Edison for family educational and enrichment programming.

Additional funding provided by the FACE Foundation and the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF).

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Jerome Bel Gala
Jerome Bel Gala
Jerome Bel Gala
Jerome Bel Gala

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Study Guide: Gala

Watch a trailer for the show Get Started Here New to Jérôme Bel’s work? André Lepecki’s “Loving Dancing” is a great

Debra Levine on Jérôme Bel

“Gala” … makes the audience reflect on how we use our critical judgment and to what end.