Jérôme Bel works with non professional dancers to explore questions which go beyond representation. In “Disabled Theater” he researches with 11 mentally disabled actors from the Swiss based company Theater HORA.

He examines the dynamic that leads to the social exclusion from those who cannot produce. The actors disclose themselves, without subterfuge, crude and tough as the reality they live in, revealing they have the ability to question the very own mechanisms of representation. “Disabled Theater” is an important step towards the democratization of dance.


Film based on the performance “Disabled Theater”
Disabled Theater (2014)

Concept Jérôme Bel
A film by Aldo Lee and Jérôme Bel
By and with Remo Beuggert, Gianni Blumer, Damian Bright, Matthias Brücker, Matthias Grandjean, Julia Häusermann, Sara Hess, Miranda Hossle, Peter Keller, Lorraine Meier, Tiziana Pagliaro
Coproduction Theater HORA and R.B. Jérôme Bel
Recorded at the Schauspielhaus Zürich (Switzerland), March 2014
Assistance and translation Simone Truong
Dramaturgy Marcel Bugiel
Producing manager Ketty Ghnassia
Artistic director Theater HORA Michael Elber
General manager Theater HORA Giancarlo Marinucci


Production credits of the original piece Disabled Theater (2012)

Production Theater HORA – Stiftung Züriwerk (Zurich)
Coproduction Theater HORA, R.B. Jérôme Bel, Festival AUAWIRLEBEN (Bern), Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels), dOCUMENTA (13), Festival d’Avignon, Ruhrtriennale, Festival d’Automne à Paris, Les Spectacles vivants – Centre Pompidou (Paris), La Bâtie – Festival de Genève, Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin)
With the support of Stadt Zürich Kultur, Kanton Zürich Fachstelle Kultur, Pro Helvetia, Stiftung Denk an Mich, Ernst Göhner Stiftun
Thanks to Sasa Asentic, Tom Stromberg, Andreas Meder (Internationales Theaterfestival OKKUPATION!), Stiftung Züriwerk, Fabriktheater Rote Fabrik Zürich and the audience of our public try outs

R.B Jérôme Bel is supported by the Direction régionale des affaires culturelles d’Ile-de-France, French Ministry for Culture and Communication

Film distribution Theater HORA (www.hora.ch), R.B. Jérôme Bel (www.jeromebel.fr)




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