Jérôme Bel pp 173-223 | Cite as

Critical Subjects

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


“Critical Subjects” shifts the focus away from the production of knowledge to aspects of power inherent in contemporary dance practices and its institutions. From 2004 to 2009 in pieces like Véronique Doisneau, Pichet Klunchun and Myself, Cédric Andrieux, and Lutz Förster, Jérôme Bel allows dancers to take centre stage and speak about their working experiences in their respective dance companies. Drawing on Judith Butler’s notion of subjectivity and Michel Foucault’s idea of critique, Bel’s work on the subjugating practices of dance companies can be read as an act of desubjugation and emancipation for the dancing subjects. In regard to Pichet Klunchun and Myself the question arises if emancipation may be achieved under post-colonial conditions.


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  1. 1.Justus-Liebig UniversityGiessenGermany

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