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Performance | The Disorder of Discourse: Restaging a Michel Foucault Lecture

Tuesday, September 17, 2019, 7:00 pm

Because of the radical nature of his work, Michel Foucault’s 1969 appointment to a chair at the prestigious College de France was a watershed moment in French intellectual life. With actor Guillaume Bailliart, Fanny de Chaille proposes a restaging of his inaugural lecture, “L’Ordre du discours (The Order of Discourse),” which was later published as a book but never recorded. In doing so, she re-imagines a historical moment while continuing Foucault’s investigation of the relations between power and language.

Dancer, choreographer, and theater director Fanny de Chaille likes to separate text from movement, allowing the two modes of expression to rediscover each other and work within the context of that separation. After studying aesthetics at the Sorbonne, Fanny de Chaille worked with Daniel Larrieu at the Centre choregraphique national in Tours, France, where she collaborated with Rachid Ouramdane, and participated in projects by artists Thomas Hirschhorn and Pierre Huyghe. Beginning in 1995, she has created her own installations and performances, while continuing a rich series of collaborations, in particular with writer Pierre Alferi.

Paul-Michel Foucault (1926 – 1984), generally known as Michel Foucault, was a French philosopher, historian of ideas, social theorist, and literary critic. Foucault’s theories primarily address the relationship between power and knowledge, and how they are used as a form of social control through societal institutions.
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