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Dancer – Researcher – Performer: A Learning Process


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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6 Features of the Form


Brazilian cultural manifestations have different forms, with distinct regional accents. The investigations and experiences of several of them, shared with our body in the dance, led us to infer their main features. We point out some of these features that are important tools for the dance practice and for the view aiming at a continuous discovery.

6.1 Essential factors of the forms

Essential factors of the forms consist in the conditions that the body acquires in the broad context of form. The senses in the body, the pulse, and the acts of driving and punctuating up to the acquisition of a dynamo, characterize an approach that is present in different manifestations of popular culture.

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