11 July 2013

Thanks to Foucault News for link to a recent performance of ‘Heterotopia’ by the dance ensemble The Forsythe Company.  Originally performed in 2006, this performance was in Korea at the Seongnam Arts Center Opera House (April 2013). Lee Sanggil, Professor at Yonsei University provides a fascinating analysis of the work in Space Magazine.

See also:

Franko, M. (2011) ‘Archaeological choreographic practices: Foucault and Forsythe’ History of the Human Sciences. 24 (4) 97-112.

Abstract: Although Michel Foucault never wrote of dance as an example of a bodily discipline in the classical age, he did affect the art of contemporary ballet through his influence on the work of William Forsythe. This article interprets Foucault’s influence on Forsythe up until the early 1990s and also examines how Forsythe’s choreography ‘responded’ to issues of agency, inscription and discipline that characterize Foucault’s thought on corporeality. Ultimately, it asks whether Forsythe’s use of Foucauldian theory leads to a reinterpretation of inscription in Foucault.

A YouTube performance extract  is also available.