BMW Tate Live: Performance Room 2012 artists’ commissions announced: Jérôme Bel, Pablo Bronstein, Harrell Fletcher, Joan Jonas and Emily Roysdon.

London. Tate and BMW reveal the first five international artists commissioned for the BMW Tate Live: Performance Room – a pioneering programme of live online performances reaching international audiences across world time zones.

Choreographer and dancer Jérôme Bel and artists Pablo Bronstein, Harrell Fletcher, Joan Jonas and Emily Roysdon each present works for the BMW Tate Live Performance Room. One performance will take place live each month within Tate Modern to be filmed as it happens for live online broadcast around the world. The performances will be followed by an online question and answer session with the artist or curator.

Press are invited to view the BMW Tate Live Performance Room trailer presented by Chris Dercon, Director, TaTe Modern at

Audiences, who will only be able to view the performance at the internet, are invited to enter the online Performance Room via

  • at 20.00 hrs in the UK
  • at 15.00 hrs on the East Coast of America
  • at 21.00 hrs in mainline Europe
  • at 23.00 hrs in Russia

The global audience are encouraged to chat with other viewers via social media channels, during the performance and to questions to the artist or curator following it using Tate’s  social media channels;; and the Twitter hashtag #BMWTateLive.

Thursday 22 March – Jérôme Bel: French choreographer and dancer Jérôme Bel will inaugurate the BMW Tate Live Performance Room with a new work that is a twist on his 1997 performance Shirtology and which will emphasise and play with the Performance Room format. The work will feature one performer and a collection of T-shirts that are changed and removed to display different messages. Bel’s work explores the relationship between choreography and popular culture; and dancer and spectator, often using humour as a device to break the usual formality of a theatre setting.

Thursday 26 April – Pablo Bronstein: Argentinean born, Pablo Bronstein, uses architectural design and drawing to engage with the grandiose and imperial past of the built environment. This preoccupation with form extends into his live work, for example, for the 2006 Tate Triennial he blended the regimented patterns of baroque dance with the minimalist choreography of the 1960s. He will work with up to 10 dancers to create a baroque trompe l’œil stage set that exaggerates the perspective within the Performance Room.

Thursday 31 May – Emily Roysdon: American artist and writer, Emily Roysdon, explores the intersection of choreography and political action through performance, photographic installations, print making, text, video, curating and collaborating. She recently developed the concept ‘ecstatic resistance’ to address the impossible and imaginary in politics.

Thursday 28 June – Harrell Fletcher: Fletcher’s work often takes the form of socially engaged collaborative and interdisciplinary projects including, with Miranda July, Learning To Love You More, an audience participatory website where visitors responded to assignments like “make an encouraging banner”or “make a neighbourhood field recording” with uploaded photos, film and text. For BMW Tate Live he will work with local amateur performers who ordinarily would not be seen by the Performance Room’s global audience.

July or September, tbc. – Joan Jonas: Since the 1960s, Jonas has been a major figure at the forefront of explorations in film and performance, transcending genres to develop an influential practice rooted in space, movement and gesture. Her early work featured herself as alter-ego, Organic Honey and she has often developed narratives based on fairytales and folklore.

BMW Tate Live: BMW Tate Live is a major four-year partnership between BMW and Tate, which focuses on performance, interdisciplinary art and curating digital space. BMW Tate Live Performance Room is the inaugural strand of the partnership and features five commissions in 2012. This innovative format will offer audience internationally an opportunity to experience these works through an entirely new mode of presentation. Each performance will be archived and available to view online, accumulating into a series through the year.

BMW Tate Live is curated by Catherine Wood, Curator, Contemporary Art and Performance, Tate, and Kathy Noble, Curator of Interdisciplinary Projects, Tate.

BMW Tate Live Performance Room:

Performance dates and time in the UK* 22 March, 20.00 GMT – BMW Tate Live Performance Room #1: Jérôme Bel 26 April, 20.00 BST – BMW Tate Live Performance Room #2: Pablo Bronstein 31 May, 20.00 BST – BMW Tate Live Performance Room #3: Emily Roysdon 28 June, 20.00 BST – BMW Tate Live Performance Room #4: Harrell Fletcher TBC. 20.00 BST – BMW Tate Live Performance Room #5: Joan Jonas

*Times listed are for the UK. Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) ends and British Summer Time (BST) begins on 25 March so UK event times listed are BST expect for 22 March