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Jerome Bel

Dance, Theatre, and the Subject



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Jerome Bel by Gerald Siegmund
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This study is the first monograph on the work of French choreographer Jerome Bel, following his artistic trajectory from the beginning of his career as a choreographer in 1994 to his most recent piece in 2016. It contains an overview and in-depth analysis of all of his choreographies, from Nom donne par l'auteur to Disabled Theatre, and provides a theoretical reflection on their theatrical nature. Bel has developed a singular discourse on dance that has often been labelled 'conceptual'. By reducing the stage elements in his performances to a minimum, his work explores the implications of dance as an art form that has, since the heyday of modernism, based its guiding principles on the laws of nature. Bel addresses the question of power relations in dance by working through the questions of authorship and various forms of subjectivity dance produces. Offering a unique opportunity to ground seemingly abstract academic theories in a specific embodied artistic practice, this study explores the intersection between artistic practice and theory.

Author Biography

Gerald Siegmund is Professor of Applied Theatre Studies at the Justus-Liebig University in Giessen, Germany. He is author of numerous articles on contemporary dance and theatre performance, as well as editor of the book William Forsythe - Denken in Bewegung (2004). His other publications include Abwesenheit. Eine performative AEsthetik des Tanzes (2006), and Dance, Politics, and Co-Immunity (with Stefan Hoelscher, 2013).
Release date NZ
August 15th, 2017
1st ed. 2017
18 Illustrations, black and white; XII, 286 p. 18 illus.
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Palgrave Macmillan
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