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Intensified Bodies from the Performing Arts in Portugal

Edited By Gustavo Vicente

The way the body is considered and explored in the performing arts has assumed a growing importance, introducing new questions and cross-cutting perspectives on our understanding of the political, sociological and philosophical relevance of the body today.

This book is a meeting point for these questions, bringing together a set of contributors experienced in examining the body’s presence in live performances. It interweaves several disciplinary outlooks, addressing current theoretical debates on the body relating to the theory of affects, ethics, gender, age, discourse and representation.

Looking at recent practice in Portugal, the volume examines several cases where the body and issues of corporeality raise questions of memory, identity, experience and existence. It opens a rare window onto the distinctive Portuguese post-colonial legacy, which has given rise to an intensified search for new forms of bodily affirmation in the world. In so doing, the book conjures up the transformative power of performing arts today: from body into Being.

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NÉ BARROS is a choreographer and dancer, co-founder of Balleteatro and a researcher in the group Aesthetics, Politics and Knowledge at the Institute of Philosophy of the University of Porto, where she is currently doing postdoctoral research. She began her training in classical dance and later worked in contemporary dance and choreographic composition in the US (Smith College). She holds a PhD in Dance (University of Lisbon), an MA in Dance Studies (Laban Centre, London) and a BA degree in Theatre (ESAP). In addition to Balleteatro, she has also worked with the National Dance Company (awarded Best Choreography), with ex-Ballet Gulbenkian and Aura Dance Company. Her recently published works include Da materialidade na dança [On the materiality of dance]; Artes Performativas: Novos Discursos [Performing Arts: New Discourses]. She is a teacher at ESAP and the artistic director of the film festival Family Film Project (Memory, Archive and Etnography).

MARIA JOÃO BRILHANTE holds a PhD in French Literature and has been Associate Professor at the School of Arts and Humanities of the University of Lisbon (FLUL) since 1979. She was the Director of the Centre of Theatre Studies (CET–FLUL) between 1996 and 2000 and 2004 and 2008, where she was also Senior Researcher of the OPSIS: base de dados iconográfica de teatro em Portugal, an iconographic database on Portuguese theatre. From 2008 until 2011, she was President of the Administration of the National Theatre D. Maria II. Among her recent publications are: Teatro...

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