Sunday, January 3, 2010

The Mythic Body

    In 2008, Sadler's Wells organized an event named "body:language series" in the Lilian Bayles Studio. It was a series of discussion talks with certain choreographers in the aspect of a theoretical frame chosen/curated by Guy Cools.

    Here, the first one we would like to share with you is the discussion of Guy Cools with Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. For the ones who are unfamiliar with Guy Cools, he is dramaturge, writer and curator. He also gives lectures in Europe. As a starting point for the discussion, he chose Stanley Keleman's book, "Myth and Body", which is based on a colloquy with Joseph Campbell. The former is the director of the Center for Energetic Studies in Berkeley, California and a maestro in somatic studies and the latter was a prominent mythologist who gave an interest in comparative mythology.

    The colloquy starts with the fact that all of the myths come from or are relevant to the body. Therefore, Guy Cools took the problematic of the book as a starting point and appropriated the problematic when they discussed about the relationship between the emergence of the myths (the process of the triangle: emergence/development/death) and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui's way of research on "dance".

    For the transcript of the discussion, you can click on the link.

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