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The Taint of Violence: insurgent voices in Brazilian Black Theatre


Ethnology studies report issues related to theatricality and spectacularity both in the scenic and ritual fields. Thus, theatre is one of the supports in ethnoscenological research, and this work focuses on Black Theater. Among the forms of representation of Blacks in Brazilian society, violence is one of the symbolic traits that has been re-signified in Afro-Brazilian texts. This essay aims at portraying some echoes of violence in dramatic/spectacular texts in Brazilian Black Theatre. We intend to discuss the instances in which violence is scenically represented and how this interferes with the (re)construction of black identities and subjectivities.

Ethnoscenology; Identity; Representation; Black Theater; Violence.

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