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ERIC Number: EJ1106448
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1356-9783
"On My Mind's World Map, I See an Africa": Bando de Teatro Olodum's Re-Routing of Afro-Brazilian Identity
Nicholson-Sanz, Michelle
Research in Drama Education, v19 n3 p287-295 2014
A group of black children in the city of Salvador da Bahia, intrigued by their teacher's explanation that black Brazilians are descendants of Africans, embark on a quest to search for Africa. This is the central plot of "Áfricas"--Bando de Teatro Olodum's theatre production for young people that premiered in 2007 (Teatro Vila Velha, Salvador da Bahia). In this critical reflection I focus on the productive intersections between diaspora and race, and consider the ways in which "Áfricas" claims a diaspora sensibility for Afro-Brazilians by enacting, both for the performers and for the audience, an awareness of themselves as an ethnic group with transnational roots. Drawing on understandings of diaspora as a contingent process rather than a way to reify certain communities, I argue that "Áfricas'" staging of the connections between Brazil and Africa opens up a space in which young audiences can engage in what Chantal Mouffe calls "agonistic pluralism" (2007), a debate in which passions and affects critically inform "the creation of collective political identities." I assert that the show's exploration of new formulations of Afro-Brazilian identity serves a therapeutic function for the black community in Salvador, who are often excluded in a country where the whiter one looks ensures greater access to social and economic privileges.
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Africa; Brazil
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