Having finished his studies at the Centre National de Danse Contemporaine in Angers, he worked as a dancer with other choreographers until 1991. Later, he started to create his own performances, including his widely renowned Shirtologie (1997) – where an actor peels off a t-shirt with a significant message on it after a t-shirt; or the Bessie Award winning The show must go on (2001) where 20 dancers literally perform the lyrics of the pop songs (in 2012 Bel presented the Polish version of if during C/U Festival).
He directed, among others, performances with Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and Pichet Klunchun.
Jérôme Bel lives in Paris and works worldwide. nom donné par l'auteur (1994)
is a choreography of objects. Jérôme Bel (1995)
is based on the total nudity of the performers. Shirtology (1997)
presents an actor wearing many T-shirts. The last performance (1998)
quotes a solo by the choreographer Susanne Linke, as well as Hamlet and André Agassi. Xavier Le Roy (2000)
was claimed by Jérôme Bel as his own, but was actually choreographed by Xavier Le Roy. The show must go on (2001)
brings toghether twenty performers, nineteen pop songs and one DJ. Véronique Doisneau (2004)
is a solo on the work of the dancer Véronique Doisneau, from the Paris Opera. Isabel Torres (2005)
, for the ballet of the Teatro Municipal of Rio de Janeiro, is its Brazilian version. Pichet Klunchun and myself (2005)
was created in Bangkok with the Thai traditional dancer Pichet Klunchun. Follows Cédric Andrieux (2009)
, dancer of Merce Cunningham. 3Abschied (2010)
is a collaboration between Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and Jérôme Bel based on The Song of the Earth
by Gustav Malher. Disabled Theater (2012)
is a piece with a Zurich-based company, Theater Hora, consisting of professional actors with learning disabilities. Cour d'honneur (2013)
stages fourteen spectators of the Cour d'honneur of the Palais des Papes in Avignon. In Gala (2015)
, the choreographer stages together professional people from the dance field and amateurs coming from different backgrounds. In Tombe (2016)
, performance created at the invitation of Opéra National de Paris, Jérôme Bel proposed to some dancers of the ballet to invite, for a duet, the person with who they would never share the stage.