Jérôme Bel and Jan Fabre Choreography
Jérôme Bel's The Show Must Go On (2001). Photo by Mussacchio Laniello.
FringeArts presented Philadelphia premieres of works by European choreographers Jérôme Bel and Jan Fabre as part of the 2008 Philadelphia Live Arts Festival (now known as the Philadelphia Fringe Festival). French choreographer Bel worked with a local cast of 20 performers to mount The Show Must Go On, a theatrical comedic work performed to 19 pop songs that challenges notions of virtuosity in performance. The Show Must Go On has since been performed at venues around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art, Saddlers Wells, Walker Art Center, and Lyon Opera. Belgian choreographer Jan Fabre's Another Sleepy Dusty Delta Day is a haunting dance solo for the Croatian performer Ivana Jozic that tells the story of a man who grapples with his decision to commit suicide.