Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui

Dramaturgy and Engaged Spectatorship

  • Lise Uytterhoeven

Part of the New World Choreographies book series (NWC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvi
  2. Lise Uytterhoeven
    Pages 131-149
  3. Lise Uytterhoeven
    Pages 205-221
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 223-245

About this book


This book analyses the world-renowned Belgian choreographer’s key approaches and dramaturgical strategies through selected case studies from his oeuvre between 2000 and 2010, from Rien de Rien to Babel(words). It investigates Cherkaoui’s choreographic and dramaturgic interventions in debates on the nation, culture, religion and language, by emphasising the transcultural, transreligious and geopolitical dimensions of the dialogues and exchanges he explored during this initial decade. 
Engaged spectatorship refers to the ongoing thinking, talking, research and writing that the spectator is invited to do in order to fulfil the work’s macro-dramaturgical potential to resist nationalism, populism and religious fundamentalism. The book meticulously explores Cherkaoui’s rich, multi-layered theatrical imagery and aural landscapes to demonstrate the agile and ever-shifting interpretive acts the works elicit from their audiences. Offering a full-length analysis of Cherkaoui’s work, the book is essential reading for students, researchers, practitioners and Cherkaoui fans.


Choreographers Choreography Rien de Rien Foi Babel Les Ballets C. de la B Eastman dance company

Authors and affiliations

  • Lise Uytterhoeven
    • 1
  1. 1.London Studio CentreLondonUK

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