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Theatrical Expressivness between butoh and Ausdruckstanz

Grant number: 12/04972-4
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): July 01, 2012
Effective date (End): June 30, 2013
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Arts - Dance
Principal Investigator:Sayonara Sousa Pereira
Grantee:João Paulo Pedote
Home Institution: Escola de Comunicações e Artes (ECA). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


This research proposes to study Butoh, original from Japan, and Ausdruckstanz, which emerged in Germany, two types of dance that have the expressiveness of the theater in their proposals. Appeared in near historical periods and continued into their own path marking the world stage after the Second World War and echoing in contemporary dance today.The research intends to open a dialogue between the choreographic composition "Watashi No Okasan" (My Mother) by Kazuo Ohno (1906 - 2010), one of the creators of Butoh, with the choreographic composition "Witch Dance" performed by Mary Wigman (1886 - 1973), who helped create the foundations of Ausdruckstanz (Dance of Expression).This study has three phases: The first is to do the historical survey of the periods in question, the second moment is the bibliography and videography related to this two forms of dance, protagonized by Ohno and Wigman. And the third point would be the development of a Scenic Choreographic Project applying theoretical references studied in the research.