Jérôme Bel asks a dancer to bring on stage the history of his career
In his "portrait" series, Jérôme Bel transgresses a choreographic taboo by offering to dancers to speak on stage and to tell the stories of their lives. In an autobiographical style, "Cédric Andrieux" retraces the path of a contemporary performer, since his training in Brest and Paris, till his admission and his evolution in Merce Cunningham Dance Company and Lyon Opera Ballet. Through these performed confessions, as much verbal as visual, Jérôme Bel shows what, in terms of working methods and stylistic standards, falls within the alienation from the body and what, on the contrary, unveils an emancipatory potential. Once his historical setting given, the body is treated as a personified speech in the first person, a subjective knowledge that reflects its own determinism.