Archaeological choreographic practices: Foucault and Forsythe


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

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.

JournalHistory of the Human Sciences
Publication dates
PrintOct 2011
Publication process dates
Deposited24 Jul 2013
Output statusPublished
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