Research project: The image makes the bond: processes of substitution of Divino Espírito Santo revelers in the Goiás surroundings of the Federal District.

Responsible professor: Graça Veloso.

Description: This is a research about the processes of substitution of the older masters, in the Folias do Divino Espírito Santo, in the cases of death or withdrawal of the processions. It aims to document, in photographic (and possibly videographic) records for later publication, as expected result, the relationship established, by imagery constructions, between the various generations that make the processions of the Folias do Divino in the Goiás surroundings of the Federal District. The research will take place in two distinct stages. The first, to be held in the first half of 2013, focused on monitoring the folia turns that take place in the localities of Novo Gama, Santo Antonio do Descoberto, Luziânia and Cidade Oeste (all in the south of Goiás surroundings of DF). Planaltina, Guará and Sobradinho, in the Federal District. The second stage, between the second half of 2013 and the first of 2014, will be aimed at organizing, editing and writing the material to be published.

Research Project: CDPDan - Dance Documentation and Research Collective Eros Volúsia

Responsible professor: Soraia Maria Silva

Description: The goal is to establish a space for reflection and practice of dance aiming at, not only, an exchange with the community in general, but also the establishment of the research space and exhibitions of this research by undergraduate and postgraduate students. The results are presented at “Mexido de dança”, showcase that had its seventh edition at the end of February of this year at the Silvio Barbato Theatre on the Southern Commercial Sector - Brasília.


Responsible professor: Marcus Mota

Description: It is proposed in this project the elaboration of an online editing model that is able to manage the various activities and products that result from the composition and production of dramatic-musical works. The use of technological mediation to provide sheet music, texts and sounds from an online interface organizes the actions of all members of the productive chain. Both the produced model, as well as all descriptions and analyzes that generated it will be available, as a way to subsidize future similar enterprises.

Research Project: Actor Dramaturgy

Responsible professors: Alice Stefânia Curi e Rita de Cássia de Almeida Castro

Description: The project is linked to the Poetics of the Body Research Group. The notion of actor dramaturgy is linked to the power of production and destabilization of senses from the actor's actions on stage. The psychophysical tensions of the body with itself, with other bodies and with all scenic materiality, beyond psychological-style fictional conflicts, produce fissures in the work, put into play vibrating frictions, code fractures. Actoric dramaturgies can trigger openings in semantic enunciation toward a constellation of latencies: senses that emerge from sensory, associative, mnemonic, and affective experiences in production and reception. The project aims to experience and conceptualize the notion of actor dramaturgies, from the consolidation of theoretical and practical space of preparation, experiences and body compositions in the context of scenic creation. After the series of video performances “I was leaving my bodies on the way”, the show “MalvaRosa”, apart from some artistic interventions, the creation of the show “Body of Cards” (provisional title) as a field for this study, besides three scientific initiation orientations around the conceptualization of terms and expressions that potentiate the compositional process of the scenic body and three others already concluded.

Research Project: Altered States of Bodies in Spectacularity

Responsible professor: Graça Veloso

Description: This is a Project in Ethnoscenology. It is a research of altered states of bodies in spectacularity in traditional expressive manifestations, based on Afro-Brazilian and pindoramic aesthetic matrices, and their applicability in the creation of theatrical performances. Ethnoscenology, a discipline dedicated to the arts of the show and body, created in 1995 at the “Maison des Cultures du Monde”, and already holding 7 International Colloquiums all over the world, such as in France, Morocco, Mexico and Brazil, dedicates to the study of the scene in human cultural diversity. This project starts from the founding principles of Ethnoscenology, translated in the creation syllabus of the Ethnoscenology WG of the Performing Arts Research and Postgraduate Studies Association - Abrace: "Ethnoscience of the performing arts and organized human spectacular behaviors and practices, ethnoscenology seeks to articulate, at the intersection of the vast fields of knowledge of the sciences and arts, the theories and practices of performing arts and the creation and critique. From the thematic point of view, this transdisciplinary perspective constantly refers to tradition and contemporaneity, as well as to the universes of experimentation, amateurism and professionalism. Its interest in cultural diversity and plurality suggests a frequent dialogue of ethnoscenology with cultural and performance studies, theatrical anthropology and theatre sciences, as well as studies devoted to dance, circus, opera and performance (as admittedly spectacular artistic form). Beyond the strict scope of the history and the contemporaneity of the shows, this dialogue extends to the fields of human sciences that resort to spectacular and theatrical practices to investigate human coexistence and the creation of meanings of the various forms of communication and language. Anchored in the development of research projects built on well-defined objects and corpus, and also on the optimization of the researcher's appetites and competences, ethnoscenology always values the information about the artistic and university path that led each researcher, as subject, to the election of their research object. Its transdisciplinary, scientific and theoretical-methodological perspective, inscribes ethnoscenology in the broad area of knowledge of the arts, more precisely the performing arts.

Research Project: Collective Scene Creation Exercises 

Responsible professor: Nitza Tenenblat

Description: Created in 2015 the Research Project Collective Scene Creation Exercises (CRICOCEN) is dedicated to the research of scenic modes of exploration, creation, research and production that permeate the collectivization of technical, creative and expressive procedures. The group's research covers aesthetic, poetic, political and ethical aspects of production modes based on shared creation. Activities performed by the group include, article presentation, technical demonstrations, workshops, artistic interventions and theatrical performances. Since its creation, the group's work reverberates on presentations held at scientific, artistic and educational events of local scope (61st Cometa Cenas/UnB, 12th and 13th Scientific Initiation Congresses of UnB, 21st and 22nd Scientific Initiation Congresses of DF, Centro de Ensino Médio 04 de Ceilândia, Centro Educacional 01 do Cruzeiro and at Centro Educacional 02 de Sobradinho); national scope (XX ENEARTE, 68a Reunião Anual da SBPC e Semana Nacional de Ciência e Tecnologia 2016); and of international scope (ATHE 2015 Montreal, Canadá e ATHE 2016 Chicago, EUA).

Research Project: Form, style and rehearsal procedures: the voice and the word in contemporary performance.

Responsible professor: Sulian Vieira

Description: This project aims to investigate the potentialities of the notions of form and style in theatre as productive and negotiating dimensions between authors, playwrights, directors, actors, collectives, audiences, with the purpose of producing conceptual reflection and proposing rehearsal procedures that enable effectiveness of this notion in the context of the formation of actors and Performing Arts professors in contemporary times.

Research Project: The Northeast Popular Puppet Theatre: Mamulengo. Babau, João Redondo and Cassimiro Coco - Cultural Heritage of Brazil.

Responsible professor: Izabela Brochado

Description: The overall objective of the project is to carry out a wide inventory of expressions of the popular northeastern puppet theatre through documentary and ethnographic research, partially using the National Inventory of Cultural References. – INRC, for the inscription in the book Forms of Expression of the Institute of National Artistic and Historical Heritage - IPHAN - as Cultural Heritage of Brazil. The project comprises: (1) the survey, systematization, evaluation and complementation of previously existing documentation on this form of expression; (2) conducting field research in the programmed states (PB, PE, RN, CE and DF), including presentations of the puppeteers resident there; (3) documentary, photographic and videographic records of presentations, their practitioners, and work processes; (4) composition of a registration dossier, with textual part presentation, photos, iconographic documentation and video editing. The research project is in its final phase (4) with the finalization of the registration dossier (textual and videographic) and its presentation by the end of 2013 to the IPHAN Technical Committee for analysis. 

Research Project: Little narrators: What do children from different narrative traditions tell?

Responsible professor: Luciana Hartmann

Description: This postdoctoral research envisages a 12-month study on the production of oral narratives by children, children of immigrants from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds, aged 6 to 8 (literate) residents in the city of Paris, seeking to investigate the role of children in the dynamics of transmission and updating of different oral traditions. The work intends to collaborate with the production of new theoretical-methodological contributions to the area of Theatre Pedagogy, in which the proponent acts. The interest in the research with storytelling children has arisen from the fact that there is a vast body of research and academic work done about/with adult narrators and stories told to children, but little has yet been focused on children's narrative production. From this finding, derived from many years of research into the performance of storytellers, the questions arose: who listens to the stories children tell? What do children tell? What themes do the children favor? How do different narrative traditions dialogue when told by children who have intense intercultural contact? How do the children tell their stories? This project gives continuity to the work developed by the researcher in the last years, with the collaboration of undergraduate and postgraduate students, which seeks to understand aesthetic, performative, sociological and pedagogical aspects of oral manifestations, seeking to contribute to the continuous improvement of this field of study. Adopting as a theoretical guideline of research the necessary recognition that the theme in question is located at the interfaces of the fields of arts/theatre, education, anthropology and of the letters, the referential adopted for this work is based initially on the pedagogy of theatre (Cabral, 2006; Desgranges, 2006; Icle, 2013; Marcondes, 2010, 2011; Pupo, 2005), in performance studies (Bauman & Briggs, 1990; Carlson, 2010; Kapchan, 1995; Schechner, 1986, 1988, 2010; Turner, 1992), in the studies of orality and storytelling (Bauman, 1977, 1986, 2004; Dégh, 1985; Langdon, 1999; Machado, 2004; Mato, 1992; Rabain- Jamin, 2006; Santos, 1995, 1997, 1999a; 1999b, 2005; Zumthor, 1993, 1997, 2000) and in childhood studies (Ariès, 1981; Cohn, 2005; Girardello, 1998, 2007; Sarmento, 2003, 2007; Vasconcellos, 2007).

Research Project: Sounds (i)n Scenes

Responsible professor: César Lignelli

Description: The project has as main research foci: the investigation, elaboration and execution of strategies of apprehension and meaning production in different pedagogical and aesthetic contexts based on the sounds (word, music and sound design). From this perspective, the project has two main action fronts. One linked to strategies of pedagogical-aesthetic formation of professors and actors, and another front directed to the investigation of composition of predominantly aesthetic proposals and their relationship with the formation of theatre audiences. It is noteworthy that the research involving the artistic, methodological and conceptual production, developed in the project Sounds (i)n Scenes are directly related to the Vocality and Scene (Vocalidade e Cena) Research Group - V&C (registered since 2003 in the CnpQ directory), which focuses on the problem of meaning making, in the process that goes from the approach of the text to its realization in the voice, in the word and in the other sounds present in the scene at the moment of its performance.

Research Project: Theatre of Instant

Responsible professor: Rita de Cássia de Almeida Castro

Description: Linked to the Poetics of the Body research group is the Theatre of Instant project, which brings together research artists from different areas around scenic creation processes.The line aims to exercise interdisciplinarity from the interface between theatre and other areas such as literature, music and computer art. It also aims to experiment reception processes, with research aimed at provoking the different senses of the viewer, polysemic and polyphonic scenes, experimental dramaturgical treatments, among other aspects. The shows “Pulsations”, under my direction and “E Io, quem?”, directed by Rachel Mendes, are linked to this line. The focus of the current research is the dramaturgical construction from the activation of the body-memory, experiments around the activation of the imagination and its unfolding to the theatrical scene. We are in the process of investigating the universe of memory, especially in the form of letters, photos, and personal and transpersonal diaries. This research is encouraging the creation of the new show, scheduled to open in August 2013. It is the individual and collective memory that we activate when we lean over images, texts and letters referring to individual trajectories. The fragments of the personal life story and the stories of others in favor of the making of a fictional dramaturgical construction. The shared individual memories are transmuted into the collective experience and the borders are blurred. I intend to deepen these questions from the experience with the group and through readings and reflections with this same collective of artists. 

Research Project: Variations on cinema and theatre

Responsible professor: Roberta Kumasaka Matsumoto

Description: Continuity of research carried out during the postdoctoral research at the University of Paris 8 - Vincennes - Saint-Denis. A Study of the possible relationships, influences and exchanges between theatre and cinema regarding the use of audiovisual devices as research instruments in Performing Arts (research methodology in Performing Arts) and the composition of audiovisual works from the record of and from theatrical performances (memory, permanence, ephemerality and creative process). Such study is based on the praxeological analysis of works by cinematographic and theatrical directors, such as Ariane Mnouchkine et Peter Brook, and on the problematization of categories such as filmed-theatre, live-picture, spectacle recording.

Research Project: Poverty, performance and education

Responsible professor: Gilberto Icle

Description: This project aims to produce knowledge on the relationship between poverty and performance, as well as analyze the impact that performances (artistic, cultural, social etc.) have on the lives of poor people, seeking to subsidize new policies to fight poverty. We work with the perspective of Performance Studies, Presence Studies and Ethnocenology to maintain a network of researchers, initially involving thirteen universities and research institutions in four countries (Brazil, Argentina, Portugal and France). The research proposes a collective cross-sectional analysis of data produced from reference bibliography readings and from fieldwork research. Expected results should be published in several open access articles and books.