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Dancer – Researcher – Performer: A Learning Process

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Graziela Rodrigues

The author presents the method of research and creation in dance and theater in Brazil, called Bailarino-Pesquisador-Intérprete (Dancer-Researcher-Performer, BPI), which was created by the author herself. Through field research of ritual and Brazilian popular manifestations the author formulates a proposal for body work. She analyzes dance as an activity in which several bodies are integrated to generate knowledge in the sensitive, the perceptible and human relationships from direct contact with the surrounding reality. BPI aims to build a flexible and individualized body, in which the subject has room to develop. It emphasizes the need for a more responsible contact with certain Brazilian cultural segments so that stereotypes of a dance based on an ethnocentric view are not reinforced.

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5 Passages of Sensitivity – The Inner Movement

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The inner movement was one of the most exciting aspects observed in our research; it explains a lot about the meanings of dance movements. In the community of Arturos, their inner dance was evident in their Congado. The conversation with the captains of Arturos reveals the connection between life and the dancing body:

Um pouquinho que eu sofri … a gente vai sentindo …

(The little bit I suffered … we can feel…).1

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