Recently, the persistent lack of diversity in cultural production, from films, to television, to print media, has garnered significant attention. And as choreographer Jérôme Bel observes, contemporary dance suffers similar maladies. In an interview for the program notes accompanying the Festival TransAmériques’s production of his work Gala, Bel remarks, “In 99 % of dance shows the dancers are between 20 and 35 years of age, are svelte, in great shape and good-looking… I find that extremely limiting for an art whose tool is the body.” With performances like The Show Must Go On (2001) and Disabled Theatre (2012), Bel has attempted to correct these representational oversights.
Festival TransAmériques, Monument-National, Montréal, June 7 and 8, 2016
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