“I Write for the Black Box of the Stage”: Jérôme Bel and Theatre

  • Gerald SiegmundEmail author
Part of the New World Choreographies book series (NWC)


Starting with an analysis of Jérôme Bel’s piece Gala this introduction reads Bel’s fascination for the empty stage as a conscious decision on the side of the choreographer to work with the theatre as an apparatus. Jérôme Bel makes theatre pieces whose subjects are dance. Rather than conceiving of the dancing body as a natural phenomenon that gets worked on and through by dance and its techniques to be articulated in an objective way, Bel conceives the body as a primarily cultural phenomenon. The dancing bodies in his pieces are bearers of thought, which is why his artistic practice has been labelled conceptual dance.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Justus-Liebig UniversityGiessenGermany

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