How do we bring the living world into the world of dance? How do we welcome nature into human bodies?



75 minutes

20 Sep


21 Sep


22 Sep


Note! The performance contains nudity and includes English speech.

Through choreographies from the history of Western dance, on Confidencen's unique 18th-century stage, choreographer Jérôme Bel and art historian Estelle Zhong Mengual explore contradictions - where nature and man seem to be far apart.  

From Isadora Duncans Water Study, by Pina Bausch Carnation Line, to Sergiu Matis The Siberian crane Bel and Zhong Mengual explore the paradox of tackling the seemingly impossible challenge in these works - becoming a body other than one's own: a plant, water, an animal or a natural element. 

The choreographies selected by Bel and Zhong Mengual are also given a new light in today's context and reality; namely the impending ecological crisis where environmental disasters and climate change are looming. I Non-Human Dances there is a strong sense of the need to allow the audience to reconnect with the living and organic world, thereby enhancing our sensitivity to it - and reclaiming its central place in our shared world. 

 The work premiered in autumn 2023 at the Louvre in Paris. 

R.B. Jérôme Bel receives the help of Direction régionale des affaires culturelles d'Île-de-France - Ministry of Culture. 

Jérome Bel is associated artist to Le Quartz - scène nationale de Brest, Centre national de la danse (Pantin) and Comédie de Caen CDN de Normandie 

For ecological reasons, R.B. Jérôme Bel company doesn't travel by plane anymore. 

Jerome Bel 8 Hd

About Jérôme Bel and Estelle Zhong Mengual

French choreographer Jérôme Bel is one of the great choreographers of our time. His conceptual dance practice has transformed modern dance, theatre and contemporary art. His innovative and daring performances - presented in a simple and clean way - have challenged the very definition of convention and avant-garde.  

Essentially, all his works explore the meaning of a performance but also what it means to be human. 

Estelle Zhong Mengual is an art historian and author. She teaches in the Master of Experimentation in Art and Politics (SPEAP), at Sciences Po Paris.  

Her research focuses on the relationship that art, both past and present, has with the living world. In particular, she is working to develop a kind of environmental history of art history, which proposes a new regime of attention to the representation of the living world in art. She is aided by natural science and environmental humanism as research methods. 


Pina Baush Carnation line  

Music: West End Blues composed by Joseph Oliver, performed by Louis Armstrong. Extract from the work: The Carnation (Les oeillets) (1982), 
Choreography and stage directions: Pina Bausch
Stage design: Peter Pabst, Costume: Marion Cito, Dramaturgy: Raimund Hoghe, Co-operation: Matthias Burkert, Hans Pop, music: Jones, Lehar, Oliver, Tauber, Tucker and others. Copyights : Verlag der Autoren, Frankfurt, for Pina Bausch Foundation, Wuppertal 

Gaspard Charon The entrance of the sun

Isadora Duncan Water study
Music: Frantz Schubert 

Loïe Fuller
Music: Camille Saint Saens

Lev Ivanov and Marius Petitpa 

Xavier Le Roy  The lions' vocabulary 

Mr Sergiu Matis The Siberian crane. Extract of the piece: Extinction room (Hopeless.) Concept and choreography: Sergiu Matis, Sound composition: Antye Greie-Ripatti, Text: Philip Ingman 

With: Gaspard Charon, Chiara Gallerani, Elisabeth Schwartz, Lisa Vilret, Stéphanie Aflalo

Non-Human Dances by Jérôme Bel and Estelle Zhong Mengual presented in co-operation with Confidences. 


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