1st Edition

Performance Art in Portugal

By Cláudia Madeira Copyright 2024
    204 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book explores histories which have only recently been rediscovered by artists and researchers.

    This study explores the history of Portuguese performance art, in its various "speculative" and "performative" forms. The author approaches this relationship with the re-emergence and centrality of these (semi-)peripheral histories at an international level, whilst identifying some of their unique traits: their cycles of emergence and retraction in Portuguese history; their multiple and complex ontologies; the intertwined relations between the art of performance and the social performance of the Portuguese (regarding topics as sensitive and fracturing as those of the long dictatorship, the colonial war and the revolutionary process, or even the integration of Portugal in the European Community and, more recently, the various 21st century social, political and economic crises). This reading in turn covers the development of the relationship between performance and hybridism, namely, analyzing the recent dimension of meta-hybridism, in the processes of artistic homage that contemporary Portuguese creators have been establishing through access to the histories and archives of this historical genre.

    This book will be of great interest to students and scholars in theatre and performance studies, performance art and arts in general.



    Chapter 1. A Critical Conceptualization from Hybridism

    Chapter 2. From Proto-Performances to Performance Art

    Chapter 3. Performance: A Disciplinarily (IN)Operative Concept

    Chapter 4. From Hybridity to Performance Meta-Hybridism

    Chapter 5. Conclusion: Art of Performance as the Art of the (IN)Communicability of History




    Cláudia Madeira is an assistant professor and researcher at Instituto de Comunicação da NOVA (NOVA FCSH). She also collaborates at the CET/FLUL as a researcher in the Theatre and Image Research Group.