The Project - mst

sexta-feira, 17 de novembro de 2017

The Project

DETAILED ACTION OF THE RESEARCH

The theme of this research is "Manifestations of sexuality in theatrical performance: aesthetic, ethical and political effects and consequences of sensual and erotic stimulation through exhibitionism and voyeurism".
A corpus of texts (critical essays, interviews, studies on the theme) and images related to national shows (with the possibility of crossing them with an international case) will be taken as the object of analysis, which between 2005 and 2010, exhibited sexual elements in a more or less patent way, trying to restore their functioning and function, considering that they were surely fulfilling different projects. It will also collect information produced through an online survey to assess concepts, terms and discourses on the presence of sexuality in theatrical performance shared by artists and spectators. In parallel, the three selected shows will be analyzed, from the João Garcia Miguel Company, Yerma; Blacks and the northern gods; Life is a dream, seeking, through the intersection with the rest of the corpus, points of contact and difference and proceeding to its categorization (or attempt of the same) in the scope of the discussion about the manifestation of sexuality in the theatrical performance, having into account the context of work / artistic invention and the fiction inherent in theatrical invention. Among the consequences that follow, we will be particularly interested in the issue of the conscious sexual manipulation and stimulation of the spectator through mechanisms of aesthetic and spectacular elaboration and the ethical and political repercussion, whether premeditated or not.
  
GOALS
a) Description and analysis of the triad of performances of the João Garcia Miguel Company;
b) Verification of the existence or non existence of a conscious structuring of the spectacles with elements related to sexuality and with what objectives;
c) Recognition of a connection between sexuality and the theatrical performance of its erotic and sensual dimension as aesthetic practice, ethics and conscious politics;
d) Identification of the sexuality marks inherent to the performance practices, through a survey directed to creators and viewers and available in a site specifically created to record the stages of the research (of importance inescapable in this project since it places this work in the scientific community);
e) To hold an international colloquium on the subject of research with the corresponding publication of the communications in a site that will be associated with the Center for Theater Studies and will remain updated;
f) Publication of a book in two volumes: the first with a study of myself on the João Garcia Miguel Company in the perspective I describe here; the second gathering studies of national and international authors that I will invite, with a text of theoretical framework of my own.

METHODOLOGY
1) To gather the most important studies on sexuality and performance, on studies of gender and corporality;
2) Draw a philosophical, scientific and cultural genealogy of the concept of sexuality;
3) To analyze, with the aid of these studies, the place of sexuality in contemporary Portuguese society and the eventual transformation of its practices through publicity and "show-and-tell";
4) Describe an exemplary set of national shows with patented sexual elements (gesture, movement, staging of the body);

5) To seek to interpret sexuality and its aesthetic, ethical and political effects and consequences of sensual and erotic stimulation through exhibition and voyeurism that transverse the various trends / categories of contemporary theatrical performance.

Firstly, an annotated reading of the theoretical texts that address the project's support axes will be carried out, with the consequent selection of concepts and definitions that may be of interest to the research. Soon after, I will select the shows to be considered as elements of comparison between themselves and with the selected triad of the chosen company (Companhia João Garcia Miguel), proceeding to its description and analysis through videographic and photographic records.
From these choices, it will be possible to begin the process of surveying the elements of sexuality manifested through their theatricalisation and that will enable the beginning of the construction of the site with the introduction of the survey to creators and spectators.
From here will follow the work of preparing the study for the first volume of the book that will result from this research and that will focus on the João Garcia Miguel Company.
In a second moment, the existence or non-existence of a conscious structuring of the spectacles will be verified in the sense of the recognition of a connection between the sexuality and the theatrical performance as aesthetic practice, ethics and conscious politics. This recognition will also be supported by the identification of the sexuality marks inherent to performative practices, through an inquiry directed to creators and viewers and available on a site specifically created to record the steps of the investigation. The site will be built and fed through an ongoing invitation to motivate the "public" to participate in the anonymous survey. During the analysis of the collected data, we will insert updated bibliography and the partial results of the research. The inescapable importance of the site in this project lies in the fact that this work is made available to the scientific community. The said site will be associated with the Center for Theater Studies and will remain up-to-date.
Next, a cross-over between the theory and the analysis of the documents will be done, through the elaboration of a critical text, which will be based on the information to be raised. The interpretation of the data will constitute the thematic basis for the organization of an international international colloquium on research, to be held in Lisbon, with the corresponding edition of the respective communications on the above mentioned website. The bibliographic research will be kept constant in order to preserve its updating, which will allow a later inclusion of new knowledge, if necessary.The last phase, before the publication of the second and more complex volume of the book, will consist of reviewing the material and conclusions on the effects and consequences of the Aesthetic, Ethical and Political scope of sensual and erotic stimulation through exhibitionism and voyeurism.