Cedric Andrieux

Onstage, dancers perform a role. Jérôme Bel set out to shake up the customary relationship between dancer and dance-maker in the solo titled Cédric Andrieux, performed by former Merce Cunningham Dance Company member Andrieux. In conjuncture with CAMH’s current exhibit, “Double Life,” Andrieux’s solo exposes a role frequently left unseen: the role of a real working dancer. “This series of solos gives a voice to individuals who are normally silent…the audience is able to look at the dancer as an autonomous individual,” explains CAMH Curator Dean Daderko.

Choreographer Jerome Bel’s process for creating 2004’s Véronique Doisneau, the well-received biographic story of French ballerina Véronique Doisneau, who, in her own words, “never became a star,” was also used in creating Cédric Andrieux. Bel and Andrieux conversed on the topics of personal history, thoughts and passions; Andrieux’s lived experiences were then transcribed into the solo’s script. The work relies heavily on Andrieux’s spoken monologue, but the performance also includes him dancing movement passages from throughout his career.

There’s a performance of Cédric Andrieux at 7 p.m. Friday; the Artist Talk with Jerome Bel at 2 p.m. followed by a second performance of Cédric Andrieux at 3 p.m. Saturday. 5216 Montrose. For information, call 713‑284‑8250 or visit camh.org. Free.
Fri., Jan. 30, 7 p.m.; Sat., Jan. 31, 2 & 3 p.m., 2015