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Theaters of the Real in Latin America: Performance, Politics, and Affect

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 6:00-8:00 pm

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The identity crisis of contemporary theater has allowed for the rise of hybrid and liminal forms of scenic construction, the incorporation of non-fictional elements, and even claims about privileged access to “the Real.” These forms have proliferated in Latin America in works by artists such as Lola Arias, Federico León, Guillermo Calderón, Sergio Blanco, and Conchi León, and by groups such as Lagartijas Tiradas al Sol, and La Maldita Vanidad. In this lecture, Ferdinando Martins will present an analysis of these theatrical expressions and reflect upon the ways in which performance, politics, and affect can make visible particular contours of the real that is otherwise occluded in everyday life.

Image: Terra de Deitados, 2016. Production: Cia Teatro Documentário. Direction: Marcelo Soler. Artist: Márcio Rossi. Photographer: Hélio Beltranio. Photo courtesy by Ferdinando Martins 

Hemispheric Institute
20 Cooper Square, fifth floor
New York, NY 10003

Ferdinando Martins is a Professor of Theater and Performance Studies at the University of São Paulo, Brazil. He has held investigations on queer theory, sexuality, politics, and performance in different countries of Latin America and the Middle East. As a visiting scholar at Hemispheric Institute, he is developing research on censorship and abjection in contemporary performance.