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Intensified Bodies from the Performing Arts in Portugal

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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Foreword (José Gil)


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Intensified Bodies. How do you intensify a body? What kind of energy flows inside an intensified body? How is it different from the energy that moves trivial bodies? Do dance, theatre and performance art imply different types of intensification? Can it be assumed that each artist has their own way of intensifying bodies, or is there a general formula to do so? And does every encounter with an audience also produce its own kind of intensification? All these questions, and so many others they raise, fall within the scope of the texts in this book, receiving explicit or implicit answers.

They all revolve around another question: what is an ‘intensified’, or rather, an intensive body? As notions of intensity and the intensive body have gained significance and become operative in modern thought, through Gilles Deleuze, who has explored them at length, we should quickly note which of their aspects are relevant to our theme – the intensification of the body in the performing arts and, in particular, the Portuguese performing arts.

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