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By Guy Cools. Valiz Publications.
Belgian-Moroccan Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and British-Bengali Akram Khan are two of the most prolific contemporary choreographers. Given their respective backgrounds and the practices they pursue, their artistic universes are largely built around their identity in-between dance cultures. Dramaturge Guy Cools, who accompanies both, situates their work within the larger critical debate on the (post)modern and (post-)migrant identity. With a uniquely privileged insight into their creative practices, Cools details some of their iconic choreographic pieces. He also shows how they invent a new and much needed social imagery—which is both dialogical and embodied in a lived, migratory experience—for present-day ways of living in a globalized environment. As such this book offers a complementary view on questions of cultural identity, taking the contemporary dancer’s somatic awareness and knowledge of the body as its starting point.