Jérôme Bel
Cédric Andrieux
Winningstad Theatre
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Posted by Eve Connell

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"It feels super good."
Everything about Cédric Andrieux feels “super good,” even days later. A meditative study, a solo narrative of the life of a dancer might not seem so interesting at first glance, but Bel was beyond captivating. His direct approach with his audience felt uncomfortable at first, but his soft voice transported his honest account of early self observations with subtle humor to present a raw naiveté that quickly drew us in.
“Pauses in between breaths.”
The slow pace of Bel’s narrative allowed us to embrace Cédric, to engage in his trials with becoming a dancer in Paris first, and moving on to his young professional life with celebrated companies in New York. The breaths in between each sentence added to the intimacy of his story. His audible breaths during the dances he chose to show us connected us to his craft and life even more.
“I dance and I see what happens.”
One of the most fascinating aspects of this performance is that we were able to observe and compare the different styles of dance – the techniques, the movements, the deeply rooted philosophies of each of the masters. From Cunningham to Brown to Tréhet to Bel, even an amateur could pick out the differences in the snapshot views Bel’s performance offered. It was quite cool.
“Assessing the audience.”
The ending segment (Bel’s own) offered a role reversal and with it, more obvious humor to serve as social lubricant. As performer observed the audience, we, too, were assessed, put on the spot, forced to feel what many performers do. Shifting the perspective shifted the energy and focus, and it was this heat that truly resonated, and felt surprisingly “super good.”