Research in Performing Arts in the South of Brazil

With Lindsay Gianuca and Suzane Weber da Silva

Lindsay Gianuca and Suzane Weber da Silva from Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) were invited to share their research as part of C-DaRE Invites… while they were at Coventry University through an internationalization program of the Brazilian agency CAPES/PRINT (The Coordination of Improvement of Higher Education Personnel). Lindsay and Suzane each presented their research to the group which is described below.

Performers’ Skin and Minor Acting
By Lindsay Gianuca

Depicting bodies as multi-layered, this investigation attempts to reveal a kind of porosity that is beyond metaphor or an obvious quality. Instead, it refers to the capacity to infuse ourselves with what surrounds and then moves us. Allied to philosophies of difference and the performing arts, this brief presentation covers issues such as temporality, performers’ skin, and presence in contemporary performance practices. The study focuses on practices lived by the author as a teacher, as an audience member and as a performer. The research intends to respond to a contemporary ambition of being on the stage that resists representation.

Pictures by the author: Museum der bildenden Künste, Leipzig, Germany. (16th Nov 2017)

Lindsay Gianoukas, stage name of Lindsay T. Gianuca, is a dancer, actress, choreographer, teacher and researcher in Brazil. She is currently developing her PhD research at the Performing Arts Programme from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul. Her studies concern mainly creative processes, performers training and philosophical approaches to performance.  Her current PhD research is supervised by Dr. Elaine O’Sullivan (C-DaRE, Coventry University) and Dr. Silvia Balestreri (PPGAC – UFRGS, Brazil).

Celebrating the choreography of Eva Schul By Suzane Weber da Silva

This presentation introduces the artistic journey of Brazilian choreographer Eva Schul and the project titled Carne Digital: Arquivo Eva Schul (Digital Flesh: Eva Shul’s Archive). It also presents an analysis of the choreography Acuados, directed by Eva Schul. This is a protest-choreography that was produced in 2016 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the dance company Ânima Cia de Dança. In the brief analysis of ‘Acuados’choreography, we will look at the gender performance of men and women under the lens of patriarchy and its social structures, which reinforce the power and control over women’s bodies.

Image credit: Natalia Utx

Suzane Weber da Silva (Suzi Weber – artistic name) – earned her PhD from Études et pratique des arts at Université du Quebec à Montréal (UQAM, Canada).  She has been a professor at Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil, since 1996, teaching in the Performing Arts Programme (Graduate and undergraduate level). She is currently developing her postdoctoral research at Coventry University with the supervision of Professor Sarah Whatley.