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In the scrublands of threads and songs: appropriation of the musical discourse in Brazilian contemporary dance

Grant number: 14/18903-0
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): November 01, 2014
Effective date (End): October 31, 2016
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Arts - Dance
Acordo de Cooperação: Coordination of Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES)
Principal Investigator:Jorge Luiz Schroeder
Grantee:Maria Fernanda Costa Miranda
Host Institution: Instituto de Artes (IA). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil


The goal of this research project is to investigate the relationship between music and Brazilian contemporary dance (Silva, 2012) with respect to the appropriation by a dancer of principles and techniques of musical expression which, when applied in conjunction with dancing, result in a polyphonic acting (cf. Maletta, 2005). According to Silva, Brazilian contemporary dance is defined as dance performances based on expressions of Brazilian folk culture, that is, those where the bodily poetics are elaborated from motives of the corporeity intrinsic to folk expressions. Silva also argues that musicality is an intrinsic element of such expressions and, therefore, is fundamental for a deeper appropriation of them. I intend to investigate possible connections between the notions of corpo limiar and encruzilhada, which support the methodology proposed in Silva (2012), and the notion of polyphonic acting of Maletta (2005). According to Maletta, a polyphonic acting is a performance where the actor/actress consciously deals with various discourses (or voices) that compose the scene. The idea is to extend this concept to dance, since it was originally developed in the context of theatre. Developed from the concepts of dialogism and polyphonic discourse (Bakhtin, 2000, 2002) and also the concept of musical polyphony, this concept establishes a bridge between the theoretical and practical perspectives of this research, since the analyses of the creative process and of the resulting performing act will be based on Bakhtinian notions. In sum, the general goal of this research is to conduct a theoretical and pratical study of the appropriation by a dancer of musical principles and techniques and its use in the creative process of a performing act in Brazilian contemporary dance. (AU)

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MIRANDA, Maria Fernanda Costa. Women's threads: From the spinners feminine songs of Urucuia 's River to the creative process in dance. 2016. Master's Dissertation - Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Instituto de Artes Campinas, SP.

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