"Gala" Herman Sorgeloos


Jérôme Bel Bookend Festival

Daily from Nov. 1-4
8 p.m.
$22 single performance; $40 for both

French performance artist Jérôme Bel is happily becoming a fixture at Walker Art Center. He returns for the fifth time for Bookend Festival with performances, talks, and a film screening. The festival begins with Bel’s 2015 GALA, a spectacle that celebrates the joy of all moving bodies and the diversity of Minnesota’s community. Around 20 local amateurs of varying ages, body types, and physical abilities will dance their hearts out. His eponymous 1995 work, Jérôme Bel, treats the body as a minimalist manifesto, employing spare movement, nudity, and shadow to deconstruct the theatrics of dance. By stripping the body down to what he terms a “zero degree of literature,” he avoids stereotypes of the erotic or perfectly muscled form. There is also a talk with Walker’s performing arts curator Philip Bither that includes a screening of Bel’s short film on classical corps de ballet dancer Véronique Doisneau.