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Title: Performing nationhood Brazilian identity in performance
Author: Garcia, Luana Tavano
ISNI:       0000 0005 0292 7261
Awarding Body: University of Warwick
Current Institution: University of Warwick
Date of Award: 2019
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This thesis explores the interconnections of music and performances of Brazilian 'national identity' and interrogates modes in which the nation uses music to perform itself in both official and unofficial narratives. It begins by tracing the discourses and ideologies formulated in modern Brazil as an attempt to define the nation, and investigates how a particular musical genre, namely samba, came to embody and perpetuate the national ideal within the notion of brasilidade, or Brazilianness. It suggests how these have been most clearly articulated though a specific version of samba, created in the early twentieth century, which continue to be perpetuated in official performances of the nation, like the FIFA and Olympic ceremonies performing Brazil. It then focuses on two contemporary case studies that have used music in oppositional ways, which challenge these formulations of the nation. The first example focuses on a dance performance called Baila Brazil and the second example on a theatre performance named Caliban: A Tempestade de Augusto Boal. These examples are analysed to explore how artists are negotiating and challenging official formulations of Brazilian 'national identity' through music in present-day Brazil. The thesis concludes by returning to the idea of Brazil officially performing itself through music in the exploration of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games' Opening Ceremony. In this analysis I consider how this official performance both reaffirms the early modernist formulation of the nation, while also exposing faultlines identified in the theatrical productions discussed in previous chapters.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: University of Warwick
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: F1201 Latin America (General) ; GV Recreation Leisure ; M Music