Jérôme Bel pp 103-171 | Cite as

Subjects of Knowledge

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


“Subjects of Knowledge” casts both dancers and spectators as subjects of cultural production. In the remaining five pieces from the first phase of his work from 1994 to 2004, Jérôme Bel unfolds his discourse on dance by analysing one constituent element of dance productions in each piece. Jérôme Bel scrutinises the dancer’s body. Shirtology deals with the costume as a cultural system. The Last Performance inquires after the originality of movement, while The Show Must Go On seeks to establish an equal relationship between dancers and audience. Finally The Show Must Go On 2 allows for insights into the comic nature of Bel’s productions. This chapter shows how notions of absence are crucial in staging Bel’s discourse on dance. Therefore for each piece a different theoretical paradigm from semiotics, deconstruction, phenemenology, to psychoanalysis is chosen to extrapolate its specific understanding of absence and its importance for the pieces discussed.


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  1. 1.Justus-Liebig UniversityGiessenGermany

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