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Jérôme Bel

Jérôme Bel

The Show Must Go On

Jérôme Bel

The Show Must Go On

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.

© Mussacchio Laniello. The show must go on, 2001.
© Mussacchio Laniello. The show must go on, 2001.
© Mussacchio Laniello. The show must go on, 2001.
© Mussacchio Laniello. The show must go on, 2001.
© Mussacchio Laniello. The show must go on, 2001.
© Mussacchio Laniello. The show must go on, 2001.

16 JUN 2021
WED 21:00

17 JUN 2021
THU 21:00

18 JUN 2021
FRI 21:00

19 JUN 2021
SAT 19:00

Buy Tickets
Emílio Rui Vilar Auditorium
16€ (discounts)
Duration 90 min

Restaged with local cast

Co-funded by the Creative Europe programme project Create to Connect, Create to Impact

Create do Connect

With the support

Institut Français

Media Partner

Antena 3

concept and direction

Jérôme Bel


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

Henrique Neves

Technical director

Gilles Gentner

Technical accompaniment and operation of the music onstage

Igor Pitella


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


artistic advice and executive management: Rebecca Lasselin
administration: Sandro Grando


Culturgest, Teatro Municipal do Porto, Teatro Viriato

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