Jérôme Bel

(born 1964) – a French dancer and choreographer residing in Paris but working all over the world. He is an author of the “non-dance” movement which is open to other disciplines such as performance, visual arts, or social projects. He opposes the distinction between the high and low art, explores the mechanisms present in a stage performance, plays with our expectations towards the spectacle, and the ways both the audience and artists view each other. Having finished his studies at the Centre National de Danse Contemporaine in Angers, he worked as a dancer with other choreographers until 1991. Later, he started to create his own performances, including his widely renowned Shirtologie (1997) – where an actor peels off a t-shirt with a significant message on it after a t-shirt; the Bessie Award-winning The Show Must Go On (2001) where 20 dancers literally perform the lyrics of the pop songs or Gala (2015) in which professional dancers stand side by side with amateurs of different backgrounds and age to create a democratic community united by dance without any limitations – all of the three performances were presented at C/U Festival.