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date: 25 July 2021

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This chapter examines experimental screendances that disrupt the traditional notion of the body by constructing bizarre corporealities. The chapter analyzes films that display choreo-cinematic experimentations on body representation, such as those of Thierry De Mey, Laurent Goldring, Antonin De Bemels, Wim Vandekeybus, and Pierre Yves Clouin. These films present unconventional bodies that appear in turns animalistic, oversexualized (or differently sexualized), pathological, monstrous, and unidentifiable, undergoing all sorts of transformations and metamorphoses, thus resisting sociocultural, economic, and political processes of standardization of the body. The chapter argues that these screendance bodies are linked to the philosophical and political conceptualizations of the body by Maurice Merleau-Ponty (“openness to the world,” “corporeality”), Michel Foucault (“biopowers,”), and Gilles Deleuze (“body without organs,” “becomings,” “de-hierarchization of the body”). The chapter develops a reflection on screendance bodies, emphasizing that certain screendances also suggest philosophical and political issues that are embedded in their subversive representations of the body.

Keywords: corporeality, Gilles Deleuze, Michel Foucault, Wim Vandekeybus, Pierre Yves Clouin, subversive representation, screendance

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