Performa Presents

Jérôme Bel

Ballet (New York)
Run time: Approx 30mins
Run time: Approx 30mins
Run time: Approx 1hr 30mins
Run time: Approx 1hr 30mins
Run time: Approx 40mins
Run time: Approx 30mins

Marian Goodman Gallery
24 W 57th St #4
New York, NY 10019

Martha Graham Studio Theater
55 Bethune St
New York, NY 10014

El Museo del Barrio
1230 5th Ave
New York, NY 10029

$25, $15

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.  



Hashiel Castro
Hector Castro
Alex Clayton
Moriah Evans
Madison Ferris
Casey Furry
Anne Gridley
Charles Krezell
Megan LeCrone
Shelton Lindsay aka Professor Cupcake
Etienne Servaes
Chai Smith

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. 

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