Marian Goodman Gallery
24 W 57th St #4
New York, NY 10019
El Museo del Barrio
1230 5th Ave
New York, NY 10029
Performa 15 welcomes the return of acclaimed French conceptual choreographer Jérôme Bel with a bold new work specially devised for the city of New York unfolding over the course of the biennial’s three weeks and presented in three separate venues: a downtown dance studio (Martha Graham Studio Theater), midtown art gallery (Marian Goodman Gallery), and uptown theater (at El Museo del Barrio).
Ballet (New York) plays with how these environments each frame and shape the ways we see and "feel" dance. For this new piece, Bel works with a community of trained and untrained New York-based performers of various ages and backgrounds and instructs them through a series of tasks to which they respond. Ballet (New York) treads the fine line between the banal and the theatrical, as the motley ensemble explores their relationships to each other but also to our own fantasies of what dance can be.
For the final performance at El Museo del Barrio, Ballet (New York) will be preceded by Slideshow, a new image-based work by Bel exploring the setting of the theater.
Shelton Lindsay aka Professor Cupcake
Image credit: Jerome Bel, Ballet (New York) at Marian Goodman Gallery, 2015. A Performa Commission. Photo by Paula Court, courtesy of Performa.; Jerome Bel, Ballet (New York) at Martha Graham Studio Theater, 2015. A Performa Commission. Photo by Paula Court, courtesy of Performa.
Co-commissioned with Marian Goodman Gallery. Co-presented with Marian Goodman Gallery, Martha Graham Dance Studios, and El Museo del Barrio. Supported by Institut Français à Paris and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S.