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This article was written on 19 Dec 2013, and is filed under Guest Writers.

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On Jérôme Bel’s “Disabled Theater”

 

Jérôme Bel’s "Disabled Theater" at New York Live Arts. Standing: Sara Hess. Seated: Miranda Hossle, Matthias Grandjean, Julia Häusermann, Remo Beuggert, Tiziana Pagliaro, Gianni Blumer and Lorraine Meier. Photo: Ian Douglas.

Jérôme Bel’s “Disabled Theater” at New York Live Arts. Standing: Sara Hess. Seated: Miranda Hossle, Matthias Grandjean, Julia Häusermann, Remo Beuggert, Tiziana Pagliaro, Gianni Blumer and Lorraine Meier. Photo: Ian Douglas.

By Alyssa Gersony

H and E are best friends. They call each other every day, and they always go to camp together over the summer.

H carries a boom box around everywhere. It’s a small one, maybe five pounds. She’s attached.

E carries two people around. Supporting her walks, she smiles.

 

I walked into Cédric Andrieux with all my eyes constricted.

 

E’s smile is ear-to-ear, every time. She won’t forget your name. She’ll call it.

H is high and low. Her boom box holds her in between.

They help each other. H tears and holds E up, while E smiles and sings.

 

the way you make me feel

 

Silence makes her cry.

You know her.

I lifted her, slippery E.

 

What? They came to him.

 

To make a freak show about the ego and write it before it happens, C.

 

H dances when she hears her song.

E dances when H dances.

Repeat the compulsion.

 

Repeat the compulsion.

 

Meg Stuart under the rug of Loie Fuller and Daniel Nagrin.

 

You know to expect the smile and the tears and the dancing. It’s that time.

unintentionally jazzy                    exuberantly old

and you are just doing what you know, too

 

E’s smile is ear-to-ear, every time. She won’t forget your name. She’ll call it.

H is high and low. Her boom box holds her in between.

The battery dies.

 

you shove me back, JJ

 

predictability

 

Her smile holds you up while she wrenches you down down.

call a friend

 

I wish Jonathan could have seen this. He couldn’t be meticulous and careful.

 

Inclusion action and reaction to the action of inclusion all the while wrapping and rapping and un-doing what it could have been while we waited on that stream.

 

 

We don’t know where H and E go when it’s not that time.

But we care where HE goes.

 

 

 

About the Author

Alyssa Gersony currently works in Brooklyn as a dance artist and job developer for people with disabilities. She is a part of the Movement Research Critical Correspondence team, and pursuing her Master’s studies in Vision Rehabilitation and Orientation & Mobility.

 

2 Comments

  1. eileen standley
    December 20, 2013

    gorgeous!

    keep it moving, A – love to witness your flight –

    happy holidays to you two!

    e

  2. karen s
    December 30, 2013

    “meg stuart under the rug of loie fuller and daniel nagrin”

    lovely :)

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