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Corpo-gambiarra: dance, costume and politics of the body

This research investigates the relation between performer and costume and acts on approximating both crafts, mediating the relation of body with matter. Approaching costume as a sensorial-relational entity with an agency, could the entanglement of costume and body propose new ways of perceiving matter through a sensorial-relational method? Moreover, if this experience displaces the body into a provisional state, how could it create a political body? This project will pre-define this political body as 'corpo-gambiarra', inspired in the Brazilian concept of 'Gambiarra', that in everyday use refers to “improvised solutions to problems"1, and in Tupi-Guarani language “names a provisional camp in an unknown territory"2.

'Corpo-gambiarra' will be the fuel of the research, embodied in different outcomes: starting from the educational practice by disseminating my costume-led methodology in a workshop for dancers (Royal Conservatoire Antwerp, Performact); following to the theoretical rooting where Brazilian authors and artists take a central place in the investigation; performative readings will ground the concepts and an essay will elaborate the first skeleton of the 'corpo-gambiarra' method. As a performer, Renata Lamenza Epifanio will create an installation-performance followed by the publication of a book. Supported by an international and transdisciplinary sounding board, this research aims to expand the notions of dance and costume and the territories where they are installed from a critical-sustainable practice, using 'corpo-gambiarra' as a (political) tool to achieve it.

Sedlmayer, 2017
Xico Sá in Sedlmayer, 2017


Photo by Julia Naidin (Residency at Casa Duna-Atafona, BR 2017)