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The show must go on
by Jérôme Bel

Dance, Performance
90 min

A piece for 25 performers, 19 songs and one DJ. They move, they dance, they take famous songs from 30 years of pop history at their word — The Beatles, Nick Cave, Céline Dion, or Queen. The show must go on is considered to be the first genuine classic of 21st century dance and theatre and has been touring the world successfully for the past 17 years. The world premiere created quite a stir, because it elevated mundane gestures to the stage and broke with conventions through its explosive humour. In this new production The show must go on will be reinterpreted by Volksbühne staff members and friends.

Production: Théâtre de la Ville (Paris), Gasthuis (Amsterdam), Centre Chorégraphique National Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon (Montpellier), Arteleku Gipuzkoako Foru Aldundia (San Sebastian), R.B. (Paris). R.B. Jérôme is supported by Direction regionale des affaires culturelles d’Ile de France (French Ministry of Culture and Communication) for all its activities. And by Institut Français (French Ministry of Foreign Affairs) only for its international tour.

Music by
Leonard Bernstein, David Bowie, Nick Cave, Norman Gimbel and Charles Fox, J. Horner, W.Jennings, Mark Knopfler, John Lennon and Paul Mac Cartney, Louiguy, Galt Mac Dermott, George Michael, Erick "More" Morillo and M. Quashie, Edith Piaf, The Police et Hugh Padgham, Queen, Lionel Richie, A.Romero Monge and R. Ruiz, Paul Simon


With: Joannis Bacharis, Benedict Breen, Daria Cheremisinova, Vanessa Cocaric, Philip Decker, Celia Garcia Arenas, Nuria Höyng, Leane Israfilova, Howard Katz, Julita Le Roux-Cocheril, Andreas Lossau, Stephanie Maher, Reza Mirabi, Ewa Mostowiec, Cathrin Schierenbeck, Marie Schleef, Antje Schulz, Anne Tismer, Koffi Mawuena Tschao, Martin Vella, Ahmed Ziyad

Concept, director: Jérôme Bel
Assistants on the local restaging: Dina Ed Dik, Henrique Neves
Director's assistant: Emilia Schlosser

press voices

„Das Überraschende ist, wie gut dieses Stück immer noch funktioniert – es ist klug, respektvoll und liebevoll, öffnet Freiräume und Spielräume.“ - RBB Kulturradio

Frank Schmid, 21.12.17

„Volksbühne wird zum sympathischen Theatermuseum. Jérôme Bels „The show must go on“ hat dort einen Platz verdient." - Berliner Morgenpost

Georg Kasch, 22.12.17

„Der Abend feiert das menschliche Gesicht und den menschlichen Körper in seiner Einzigartigkeit wie als kollektive Kraft.“ - Stage and Screen

Sascha Krieger, 21.12.17


Photo: David Baltzer

Photo: David Baltzer

Photo: David Baltzer

Photo: David Baltzer

Photo: David Baltzer

Photo: David Baltzer

Photo: David Baltzer

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