Memória, corpo e performances: a dança negra de Mercedes Baptista

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Universidade Federal de Goiás


This study proposes reflections, analyzes and discussions for the female black body in dance, having as a study the course and the performances of dancer Mercedes Baptista (1921-2014). In order to get perceptions of this body, are emphasized choices, pathways, spaces, Afro Brazilian Dance in Mercedes Baptista, events and people that have gone through and marked her life story. From the reconstruction of its trajectory, it is possible to think the problems that still demarcate this body. This reinterpretation grounded in biographical work "Mercedes Baptista: the creation of black identity in dance" Paul Melgaço (2007) are marked educational spaces and meeting that will contribute to the formation of ballerina, considered this work as a rhizome. To broaden perspectives on aspects that cut across its history, they are discussed concepts related to the memory, forgetfulness and invisibility, in dialogue with the review and analysis of the content of three books dealing with the history of dance in Brazil. At understanding the printed demarcations that body, are discussed aspects that make up the social imaginarywith a focus on one of the representations attributed to the female black body dance, present in the trajectory of Mercedes Baptista, the personification of "mulatto". In this context of thinking training, the female black body and its representations, is taken up the "body afrodiaspórico" while confrontation way these symbolic impositions. For better understanding the variances of which this body created and recreated, although the omissions and representations, through the lens of Cultural Performances are discussed the notion of the body as "liminal body" being considered the documentary "standing Ballet on the ground" of Marianna Monteiro and Lily Solá (2005). This work aims at weaving a dance writing, that emphasis an important aspects, that is expected to contribute to the reflections on the formation of the female black body dance nowadays.



PEREIRA, D. G. Memória, corpo e performances: a dança negra de Mercedes Baptista. 2016. 189 f. Dissertação (Mestrado em Performances Culturais) - Universidade Federal de Goiás, Goiânia, 2016.