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"The imperial persona of the artist", is a series of stories created in written correspondence with different colleagues and friends, which is every time followed by a conversation, so it is both a series of stories and conversations. The series is titled after one of the chapters from Ariella Aïsha Azoulay's book Unlearning Imperialism, in which she examines art as a field of imperial intervention. Former Empires left traces in the structures and institutions that organize social, political, economical and cultural realms. And most importantly imperialism still nurtures our imaginations. The series is an attempt to grasp these imperial legacies, attitudes and principles in the dance field. Each story departs from the personal, in order to reflect on dance structures and the figure of the artist. Each story involves a specific other, a friend, a colleague, with whom we come into exchange through written correspondence and conversation. As a written material the stories are meant to create a space with a plurality of subjectivities and perspectives. The texts are however only a means to come together and discuss freely about us, about dance.... and about the meta-narratives and structures that we work for, with or against. Our conversation is a discursive space where we discuss matters of mutual interests, form opinions, and enact our politics. It is a space of mutual transformation, where we get to assert our beliefs, create new ones, criticize, imagine and learn from each other, all with the aim to delink from imperial epistemes. To continue this work outside of this conversation is how it becomes public.  


Alexandre Achour

In dialogue with

Guo Rui

Setareh Fatehi

Lola Maury

Ming Poon

Supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media in the NEUSTART KULTUR program, [aid program DIS-TANZEN/ tanz:digital/ DIS-TANZ-START] of the Dachverband Tanz Deutschland and Zürich University of the Arts (ZHdK) through the program PEERS


Alexandre Achour

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