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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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3 Body and discourse: Incalculable choreographies (Né Barros)


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3 Body and discourse: Incalculable choreographies


This chapter aims to explore a number of issues related to sexual difference and the respective modes of subjectivation. To this end, I shall begin by discussing the subject of this sexual difference, in particular, when feminism does not match the body of a woman; the borders of a feminine appearance; a body subject that whilst mobile in an action loses, permanently, its capacity for self-recognition. It is under these subjectivity and inter-subjectivity processes that dance, addressed by nudity, will subsequently be the privileged focus of a discussion on the transmuted sexual marks. The discussion will draw on some recent Portuguese choreographies due to the challenges they present to identity and sexuality.

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