When it was premièred exactly 20 years ago, The Show Must Go On gave rise to some controversy among the audience of the Théâtre de la Ville in Paris, splitting them into fierce opponents and enthusiastic fans. With the passage of time, the simplicity and infectious humour of the show turned it into one of the most successful pieces in the history of contemporary dance. It was presented in over 100 cities all around the world and received the highly-regarded Bessie Award in New York.
In The Show Must Go On, Jérôme Bel dissects the mechanisms of the show, placing on the stage 20 performers, 19 singers and one DJ, who spends his time playing hits from the last few decades. Playing with the conventions of dance and using a minimalist register, Bel places his show radically in the hands of the audience. The show’s magic derives from the fact that the artist gives us time and space to discover beauty and interest in the simplest of proposals for the stage.
For ecological reasons, Jérôme Bel’s dance pieces no longer tour the world. Instead, they are restaged locally, whenever possible. The Show Must GoOn was presented in Lisbon a year after its world première (Danças na Cidade Festival, 2002) and it is now being performed once again in a newly restaged version with a Portuguese cast, in a co-production developed between the Teatro Municipal do Porto and Culturgest.
16 JUN 2021
17 JUN 2021
18 JUN 2021
19 JUN 2021
Duration 90 min
Restaged with local cast
Co-funded by the Creative Europe programme project Create to Connect, Create to Impact
With the support
concept and direction
Leonard Bernstein, David Bowie, Nick Cave, Norman Gimbel and Charles Fox, J. Horner, W.Jennings, Mark Knopfler, John Lennon and Paul Mac Cartney, Louiguy, Galt Mac Dermott, George Michael, Erick "More" Morillo and M. Quashie, Edith Piaf, The Police et Hugh Padgham, Queen, Lionel Richie, A. Romero Monge and R. Ruiz, Paul Simon
André Araújo, Bárbara Faustino, Carlos Deusodeu, Celise Manuel, Diego Bagagal, Dori Nigro, João dos Santos Martins, Juelce Beija Flor, Karen Sampaio, Marta Jardim, Nelson Gomes, Patrícia Sarmento, Sara Marques, Sara Venâncio, Sérgio Nogueira, Sofia Beça, Teresa Chaves, Thamiris Carvalho, Tó Maia, Zé Bernardino
Frédéric Seguette, Olga de Soto
LOCAL Assistant stage director
Technical accompaniment and operation of the music onstage
Théâtre de la Ville (Paris), Gasthuis (Amsterdam), Centre Chorégraphique National Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon (Montpellier), Arteleku Gipuzkoako Foru Aldundia (San Sebastián), R.B. (Paris)
R.B. Jérôme Bel is supported by
Direction régionale des affaires culturelles d'Île-de-France - Ministère de la Culture; Institut Français - Ministère des Affaires Etrangères; ONDA - Office National de Diffusion Artistique
R.B. JÉRÔME BEL
artistic advice and executive management: Rebecca Lasselin
administration: Sandro Grando
Culturgest, Teatro Municipal do Porto, Teatro Viriato