Brave and compassionate, Disabled Theater brings you into the world of professional actors with learning disabilities in a transformative and emotional performance.
Directed by renowned French choreographer Jérôme Bel, performers from Swiss company Theater HORA are placed on a bare stage. Through a series of questions and simple tasks, the actors introduce themselves and their extraordinary abilities. As they perform personal solo dances which they choreographed, Disabled Theater exposes their vulnerabilities — yet it also reveals remarkable capacity, joy and freedom.
Sparking debate and praise since its 2012 debut, Disabled Theater confronts common perceptions about mental disabilities. Known for challenging the conventions of performance, Bel leads us into unchartered space with his brand of dance and documentary. Theater HORA works off Bel’s conceptual approach, stripping away theatrical conventions and social expectations. Disabled Theater raises important questions about the representation of disability in the public domain and presents a wonderfully alive, brutally honest and highly provocative performance.
A runaway success, Disabled Theater has been shown on both performing arts stages and contemporary exhibitions including dOCUMENTA (13). It was selected as one of the top 10 productions by Theatertreffen 2013.
Performed in Swiss German translated ‘live’ to English.
By and with Remo Beuggert, Gianni Blumer, Damian Bright, Matthias Brücker, Matthias Grandjean, Julia Häusermann, Sara Hess, Miranda Hossle, Peter Keller, Lorraine Meier, Tiziana Pagliaro
With assistance and translation by Simone Truong, Chris Weinheimer
Paris-based artist and choreographer Jérôme Bel often breaks down the traditional barrier between performer and audiences, posing questions about the nature of performance and dance.
Established in 1993 in Zurich by theatre-pedagogue Michael Elber to promote the artistic development of people with learning difficulties