“Contemporary Dance in the Arab World: Fieldwork from Tunisia”
"Contemporary Dance in the Arab World" presents the results of fieldwork research conducted in Tunisia from 2010-2019, and questions the place and function of contemporary dance in the Arab world. Is the practice of contemporary dance in the Arab world an importation of a Western exogeneous genre?
"I aim to analyze how contemporary dance can write its own history in Tunisia, and by deconstructing the universality of contemporaneity, I propose a new definition of contemporary dance as a specific dance genre in the Arab world."
Mariem Guellouz is an associate professor in sociolinguistics at Université Paris Cité and a researcher at the CERLIS (centre de recherche sur les liens sociaux-CNRS). She is also an artist and a performer. Guellouz analyzes activist discourses in Arab social movements as political performances and their relationship with poetics, esthetics and artistic creations. She is interested in the effects of orientalist/colonial discourses on the artistic practices in Arab countries.
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