“sly, witty, joyous fun”
New York Times
Candoco Dance Company presents Jérôme Bel’s award winning The Show Must Go On, bringing together a UK-wide cast of 20 performers, 19 pop songs and one DJ.
The Show Must Go On was created in 2001 and is one of the iconic works in the career of French choreographer Jérôme Bel. The show examines the relationship between art and life, constantly surprising and challenging the viewer’s expectations. Controlled by a DJ and audio feed, the performers follow lyrics of the songs, ranging from musicals to well-loved pop songs.
Bel is famous for his minimalist productions that strip the stage bare and create a more honest connection between the audience and the performers. Described by the Guardian as “a mischievously entertaining conceptualist who is less interested in movement than in messing with your head”, Jérôme Bel is famous for challenging expectations and enjoying a reputation as “one of the most charismatic and galvanizing choreographers working today” (New York Times).
“The choreography crackles with an energy that makes you realise just how versatile, how unstinting, the dancers are. Wow!” The Herald
For an in depth insight into the vision, cast and making of The Show Must Go On, why not take a look at our short documentary?
Running Time: 90 minutes/ no interval
UK Tour Dates 2015
Conception and direction: Jérôme Bel
Re-staging Assistants: Dina ed Dik & Henrique Neves
Music: Leonard Bernstein, David Bowie, Nick Cave, Norman Gimbel and Charles Fox, J. Horner, W.Jennings, Mark Knopfler, John Lennon and Paul McCartney, Louiguy, Galt MacDermott, Erick “More” Morillo and M. Quashie, Edith Piaf, The Police and Hugh Padgham, Queen, Lionel Richie, A.Romero Monge and R. Ruiz, Paul Simon
Original Creation: Paris, January 4, 2001, City Theatre
Candoco Dance Company would like to thank John Blake, Karen Brown, Henry and Sandra Dawson, Elizabeth Haines, Kate and Richard Haines, Elsa-Marthe and Lennart Ripa, and Paul Smith at Online Lighting for their generous support for The Show Must Go On.
Jérôme Bel lives in Paris and works worldwide. nom donné par l’auteur (1994) is a choreography of objects. Jérôme Bel (1995) is based on the total nudity of the performers. Shirtology (1997) presents an actor wearing many T-shirts. The last performance (1998) quotes a solo by the choreographer Susanne Linke, as well as Hamlet and André Agassi. Xavier Le Roy (2000) was claimed by Jérôme Bel as his own, but was actually choreographed by Xavier Le Roy. The show must go on (2001) brings together twenty performers, nineteen pop songs and one DJ. Véronique Doisneau (2004) is a solo on the work of the dancer Véronique Doisneau, from the Paris Opera. Isabel Torres (2005), for the ballet of the Teatro Municipal of Rio de Janeiro, is its Brazilian version. Pichet Klunchun and myself (2005) was created in Bangkok with the Thai traditional dancer Pichet Klunchun. Follows Cédric Andrieux (2009), dancer of Merce Cunningham. 3Abschied (2010) is a collaboration between Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and Jérôme Bel based on The Song of the Earth by Gustav Malher. Disabled Theater (2012) is a piece with a Zurich-based company, Theater Hora, consisting of professional actors with learning disabilities. Cour d’honneur (2013) stages fourteen spectators of the Cour d’honneur of the Palais des Papes in Avignon.
Assistant Dina ed Dik
Dina ed Dik studied dance and drama at the Fontys Dansacademie in Tilburg, the Netherlands. After finishing her studies, she worked with choreographers in Germany, the Netherlands and France, including Jérôme Bel, Hans Tuerlings (RAZ), Michael Laub, Lukas Matthaei, Erika Winkler. Dina ed Dik has been a cast member for Jérôme Bel’s The Show Must Go On since 1999. She has worked with Jérôme Bel for six years teaching The Show Must Go On to other international casts.
Assistant Henrique Neves
Henrique Neves has taught The Show Must Go On for the last 4 years in various contexts and to diverse groups of people. He was an original member of the cast, when the piece was first performed in Paris.He has worked extensively within the performing arts (dance and theatre).
Currently most of his practice is within the visual arts and he has created site-specific pieces for public institutions and spaces in Lisbon and Paris. His work engages with specific cultural and social entities, and with the people who work in them. He does not work within a specific media, though textiles are a material of election in many of his pieces. (www.henriqueneves.com)
In teaching The Show Must Go On he sees himself as a facilitator or translator of the work by Jerome Bel. He enjoys seing the work developing and adapting to diverse casts within various cultural and geographical contexts. As an assistant inThe Show Must Go On, he equally tries to create a nurturing environment where people find a space to say something about themselves.