Photo by Michael Bause.

Jérôme Bel and Theater HORA Disabled Theater

New York Live Arts, 219 West 19th Street MAP
$15 - $40

Disabled Theater is a powerful performance by critically acclaimed French choreographer Jérôme Bel in collaboration with Theater HORA, a Zurich-based theater company of professional actors with learning disabilities. An extension of Bel’s sensitive portraits of dancers that reveal the intertwinement of professional careers and personal lives, the performance offers a rare glimpse at lives laid bare on the stage in a manner that is both compassionate and vulnerable. During the performance eleven actors, between the ages of 18 and 51, react freely, subjectively, and often with humor, to a series of tasks proposed by Bel. Disabled Theater highlights the actors’ disabilities as much as it makes them commonplace: the bodies and singular gestures of the performers, their out of sync relationship to time, their weaknesses, and sensitivities. As well as drawing attention to fragilities and shortcomings universal to human nature, the work opens up a space where disability is not expelled from the politics of representation, nor hidden behind the screen of political correctness. Brutally honest and highly political, Disabled Theater premiered at dOCUMENTA 13 in 2012, where it sparked debate and praise.

Disabled Theater is a Performa Premiere. Presented with New York Live Arts.


Generously supported by French American Fund for Contemporary Theater, Pro Helvetia, and National Center for Learning Disabilities.

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  • Wed. Nov 6, 8:00 pm
  • Thu. Nov 7, 8:00 pm
  • Fri. Nov 8, 8:00 pm
  • Sat. Nov 9, 8:00 pm
All of the excitement, tension, tenderness, and apprehension of opening a new performance comes to the stage in a piece for five performers.
$15, $12 for students/seniors and groups of 10 or more. 
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  • Fri. Nov 1, 12:00 pm
  • Sat. Nov 2, 12:00 pm
  • Sun. Nov 3, 12:00 pm
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With MoMA admission
  • Thu. Nov 7, 8:00 pm
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$20/general admin; $15/Danspace members and Performa visionaries
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