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Jérôme Bel

Joyce Theater

Jérôme Bel’s Cédric Andrieux, 2009, begins promisingly enough, with the handsome, virtuosic, eponymous French dancer walking casually onstage and plainly announcing: “My name is Cédric Andrieux. . . .” In the iteration performed in September at the Joyce Theater in New York, as part of the French Institute Alliance Française’s Crossing the Line festival, Andrieux charmingly narrated aspects of his life, his discovery of dance, his early ineptitude, his mother’s belief in the form’s “egalitarian” principles, his flagging faith in said principles, his eventual stardom, his move to New York and eight-year-stint with the Merce Cunningham company, his return to France with his boyfriend to join the Lyon Opera Ballet, and his meeting of Bel on a train and the subsequent development of Cédric Andrieux. In between the talking, he adroitly performed exercises and excerpts from pieces by Cunningham,

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