The ‘amateur’ is a diverse and even contradictory figure. He intensifies and disrupts notions of work, creation and transmission, of expertise and experience. He causes the norms and the aesthetic, ethical and political categories in contemporary dance to shift and change. From the chorus that moved around to the most recent experiments, the amateur dancer’s body, depending on age, identities and affiliations, places and systems, can be both ordinary – neither virtuosic nor on show, but humanly present – and extraordinary, surprising and ‘something different’. A multi-author work, Corps (in)croyables offers a collection of analyses that attempt to capture the diverse fragility of these ‘amateur’ figures, while calling into question the practices they are part of.
This book is edited by Michel Briand, professor of Greek languages and literature at the University of Poitiers, laboratory EA 3816 FoReLL (‘Formes et représentation en linguistique et littérature’), and in particular the author of works on ritual and public performance in Antiquity and on ancient references in contemporary dance.
Texts by: Michel Briand, Isabelle Ginot, Gérard Mayen, Axelle Locatelli, Julie Perrin, Catherine Girardin, Pierre Katuszewski, Joanne Clavel, Anne-Gaëlle Huellec and Paula Martinez-Takegami, Laurent Barré, Patrick Germain-Thomas.