Disable Theater

—Disabled Theater

Jérôme Bel/Theater HORA

Italian premiere – in english

running time 90'

Triennale di Milano Teatro dell'Arte

20 March h 20.45

An unconventional performance… a work that moves, shakes and amuses.


The latest work by Jérôme Bel, leading artist and choreographer of the contemporary performing arts scene of the last twenty years, finally comes to Italy. It has been presented at the most prestigious international festivals and on major stages (Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Festival d’Avignon, Centre Pompidou, Ruhrtriennale, Hebbel am Ufer Berlin), as well as at great art events such as Kassel’s dOCUMENTA (13). Disabled Theater is the outcome of the invitation addressed to Jérôme Bel to work with the performers of Zurich’s Theater HORA, professional actors with learning disabilities and Down syndrome. The proposal was at first hesitantly received, but later led to an extraordinary encounter. The disabled actors’ unique perception of time and extraordinary physicality, and even their presence in the world question the mechanisms of theatrical representation and the partitioned mode of existence of contemporary society. Disabled Theater is an unconventional performance, as can be expected from the French pioneer of the most rigorous conceptual experimentation applied to theatre. It is a work that moves, shakes and amuses.

concept – 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 assistance and translation – Simone Truong Chris Weinheimer dramaturgy – Marcel Bugiel assistent Jérôme Bel – Maxime Kurvers Intern – Jean-Florent Westrelin thanks to – Sasa Asentic, Tom Stromberg, Andreas Meder (Internationales Theaterfestival OKKUPATION!), Stiftung Züriwerk, Fabriktheater Rote Fabrik Zürich and the audiance of our public try outs produced by – Theater HORA – Stiftung Züriwerk (Zurich) with the support of – Stadt Zürich Kultur, Kanton Zürich Fachstelle Kultur, Pro Helvetia, Ernst Göhner Stiftung, Stiftung Denk an Mich production manager – Ketty Ghnassia artistic director Theater HORA – Michael Elber actors training Theater HORA – Urs Beeler general manager Theater HORA – Giancarlo Marinucci coproduced by – Theater HORA, R.B. Jérôme Bel, Festival AUAWIRLEBEN (Berne / Bern), Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Bruxelles / Brussels / Brüssel), 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)

Disabled Theatre by Jérome Bel and Theatre HORA is nominated for the Theatertreffen Berlin 2013

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