The Show Must Go On

The Show Must Go On is sly, witty, joyous fun

New York Times


Part of Dance International Glasgow

A new biennial dance event for Glasgow and Scotland. #DIGlasgow

​20 performers, 19 pop songs, 1 DJ

Candoco Dance Company, the renowned contemporary dance company of disabled and non-disabled performers presents Jérôme Bel’s award winning The Show Must Go On, bringing together a UKwide cast of twenty performers, nineteen pop songs and one DJ.

The Show Must Go On was created in 2001 and is one of the iconic works in the career of French choreographer Jérôme Bel. The show examines the relationship between art and life, constantly surprising and challenging the viewer's expectations. Controlled by a DJ and audio feed, the performers follow lyrics of the songs, ranging from musicals to well-loved pop songs.

Bel is famous for his minimalist productions that strip the stage bare and create a more honest connection between the audience and the performers. Described by the Guardian as “a mischievously entertaining conceptualist who is less interested in movement than in messing with your head”, Jérôme Bel is famous for challenging expectations and enjoying a reputation as “one of the most charismatic and galvanizing choreographers working today” (New York Times).