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Fighting Back: Artistic Resistance to Fascism in Brazil

Thursday, September 5, 2019 6:00 - 8:00 pm

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The Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics at NYU is pleased to invite you to a roundtable discussion on “Fighting Back: Artistic Resistance to Fascism in Brazil.” Professor Ferdinando Martins (University of São Paulo, Brazil) will focus on works created since the 2016 coup d’etat that is confronting the rise on neo-fascism in Brazil through diverse strategies and devices that reimagine the possibility and capacity of communities to resist and defeat the escalating authoritarianism and violence through political action.

Professor Martins’ remarks will be followed by artists/scholars Marcelo Denny and Marcos Bulhões, whose performance "Banho de Descarrego" will take place the following day, Friday, September 6th, in Washington Square Park. They will discuss their current work as well as a number of other political interventions developed within the Laboratório de Práticas Performativas, which creates works based on the concepts of body architecture and urban choralities in the fields of artivism, theater, and performance.

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 on contemporary performance.

Marcelo Denny is a theatre director, curator, producer, set designer, visual artist, art director, and Professor in the Graduate Program in Performing Arts at the University of São Paulo, where he also co-founded the Laboratório de Práticas Performativas. He is the author of several books and the co-founder of Teatro da Pombagira.

Marcos Bulhões is an artistic director, curator, actor, and Professor at the University of São Paulo, where he teaches in the Graduate Program in Performing Arts and co-directs the Laboratório de Práticas Performativas. He co-founded and co-directs Desvio Coletivo, whose urban intervention “CEGOS” (BLIND) has been performed around the world.

About the Laboratório de Práticas Performativas

Laboratório de Práticas Performativas at the University of São Paulo researches and documents contemporary political performance in Brazil. The group has produced dozens of scholarly works examining performance art pedagogies, the architectures and choralities of the body, urban intervention, feminist and queer performance, and performance and trance, among other themes. In partnership with Desvio Coletivo and Teatro da Pombagira, their practice-based research is developed through courses and workshops locally and internationally.

About the Hemispheric Institute

The Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics at New York University connects artists, scholars, and activists from across the Americas and creates new avenues for collaboration and action. Focusing on social justice, we research politically engaged performance and amplify it through gatherings, courses, publications, and archives. Our dynamic, multilingual network traverses disciplines and borders and is grounded in the fundamental belief that artistic practice and critical reflection can spark lasting cultural change.

The event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow. A photo ID is required to enter NYU buildings and 20 Cooper Square is a wheelchair accessible venue.