The Show Must Go On

The Show Must Go On, by French choreographer Jérôme Bel, was performed by a cast of UCLA students and LA performers. The piece was presented as part of the Center for the Art of Performance’s 2013-14 season. 

The show, which premiered in 2001, examines the line between fine art and popular entertainment, challenging audience’s expectations of both. Joyous, and at times poignant, the dance deconstructs choreographic authority and expectations of what concert dance should look like. Like much of Bel’s work, the piece is minimal: a DJ (Bel in the original production) plays a series of popular songs while the dancers on stage literalize each song’s lyrics.


Performers:
Theodore Bonner-Perkins
Heyward Bracey
Chankethya Chey
Alison D'Amato
Rafa Esparza
Loren Fenton
Ralph Flores
Meryl Freidman
Annakai Geshlider 
Jeremy Hale
Ahilya Kaul
Sarah Lyddan
Micheal Mason
Zakk Marquez
Jos McKain
Genna Moroni
Sunshine Nickels
Hap Palmer
Courtney Ryan
Gwynn Shanks
Brynn Shiovitz
Phinn Sriployrung
Fran Su
Robert Watson
Kevin Williamson
Jodi Wofford
Jessica Wolf 
Meg Wolfe

Performance Engagements:
Center for the Art of Performance | Los Angeles, CA | December 5 & 6, 2013 

Photo credits: Center for the Art of Performance, UCLA.