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The body of contemporary black dance: diaspora and scenic plurality between Brazil and the United States

Grant number: 15/06910-4
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): August 24, 2015
Effective date (End): August 23, 2016
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Arts - Dance
Principal researcher:Marianna Francisca Martins Monteiro
Grantee:Fernando Marques Camargo Ferraz
Supervisor abroad: Joan Diane Frosch
Home Institution: Instituto de Artes (IA). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de São Paulo. São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Research place: University of Florida, Gainesville (UF), United States  
Associated to the scholarship:13/21472-8 - The body of contemporary black dance: diaspora and scenic pluralities between Brazil and the United State, BP.DR

Abstract

This project aims to examine the existing exchange between the production of American black dance and the artistic production of African-Brazilian dances, taking into consideration the production of artists from both countries who have been in contact. By examining the studies about the Black Diaspora in specific spaces and times, the author aims to investigate how the exchange between Brazil and the US has left traces that enable to identify mutual influences in the artistic scenario of these two countries. The study also aims to identify the specificities present in this intercultural contact. Using historical and ethnographic analysis, the study intends to evaluate how these choreographers approach concepts about African traditions by intentionally adopting elements of the Brazilian folklore culture and of black identity in their creations. In this research the author also intends to investigate how these artists have reinvented their choreographic practices by inserting themselves into the contemporary processes of dance production - based on their artistic background, professional objectives, institutional links, political engagement and identity bonds. (AU)

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