New to Jérôme Bel’s work? André Lepecki’s “Loving Dancing” is a great place to start — a short essay on a similar work at MoMA.
Read about Bel’s oeuvre in the New York Times, plus a review of a past production of Gala in London.
Debra Levine (NYU) wrote an Indefinite Article — and has seen the show all over the globe!
“Moving Across Difference: Dance and Disability” by Ann Cooper Albright
Diversity, inclusion, and representation have been hot topics in the past several years, and this show stages these buzzwords without comment, leaving the audience to consider the kinds of conversations — critical and/or complimentary — that can emerge around diverse representation onstage. According to Siobhan Burke in the NY Times: “While praised by some, Mr. Bel has also come under attack for only superficially celebrating difference, and for riding too fine a line between representation and exploitation.” What do you think? How does Gala contribute to conversations about diversity, inclusion, and representation onstage?
A special, extended office hours with Debra Levine (NYU Abu Dhabi), Nisha Sajnani (NYU Steinhardt), and Hentyle Yapp (NYU Tisch), on Jérôme Bel (in absentia). Due to some technical difficulties this is in 3 parts.
This conversation veers delightfully as they riff on interculturalism, relational aesthetics, virtuosity, dance moms, and online dating. Plus behind-the-scenes dirt on the casting process. Warning: spoilers abound!
Part 1: Structure, casting, and nascent plans for a “Gala Rejects” restaging.
Part 2: Briefly picking back up with bowing, or, the audience’s script.
Part 3: Starting mid-sentence about recognition, attachment, and costuming.
Bonus: Nisha Sajnani invokes Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric: scroll down for the photo she references!