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A Scene of Exception: neotechnological theater in Belo Horizonte (Brazil) and Buenos Aires (Argentina)

Abstract9 9 This paper is the outcome of Project Theatrical Creators of Belo Horizonte and Buenos Aires: the neotechnological scene, funded by CAPES (Senior Traineeship 2016, supervised by Prof. Jorge Dubatti from Universidad de Buenos Aires) and FAPEMIG (Universal Request 2015). :

This paper examines theater shows Play Me by Rodrigo Campos, premiered in Belo Horizonte, and Distancia by Matías Umpierrez and Las Ideas by Federico León, premiered in Buenos Aires. In the three shows, elements of digital media are used to momentarily replace the physical presence of actors. The micro-poetics of these productions are exceptions in the theatrical scene of two cities known for a lively theater scene, in which the coexistence of spectators and performers in the same space is appreciated. As exceptions, however, they shed light on an idiosyncrasy of the theater present in the two cities in relation to the neotechnological scene: the appreciation of coexistence and co-presence despite the absence introduced by the use of novel technologies.

Theater Cartography; Neotechnological Scene; Coexistence; Real/Virtual; Absence/Presence

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