“Brincas of Évora” Rituals of Carnival and Performance in the South of Portugal: Rural and Traditional Festivities in the Contemporary World

By Isabel Bezelga and Lucilia Valente.

Published by The Arts Collection

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The “Brincas of Evora” is a dramatic performance using popular rhymes as the narrative plot, encompassing music, dance and poetry. It is a carnival celebration inspired by old winter rituals which were common through out Europe. This paper aims to describe, analyze and discuss the “Brincas of Évora”, a type of popular performance celebrated in the south of Portugal, looking at its theatrical features and the motivations of the participants. It also discusses the community relevance of “Brincas” in terms of social, emotional and esthetic experience. A mixed methodology has been used to integrate different voices – group elements, cultural and artistic leaders and the audiences.

Keywords: Carnival Performance, Community Participation, Rural Traditions in the Contemporary World, Heritage and Identity

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 4, Issue 3, pp.73-86. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 2.133MB).

Dr. Isabel Bezelga

Lecturer, Education and Pedagogy Department, Universidade de Évora, Évora, Portugal

Isabel Bezelga, trained as art educator and theatre educator, she was actress and actually she is a lecturer at University of Évora , where she teaches drama in the teaching training programme and theatre in Education in Theatrical Studies. PhD 3º year student in the field of Community Theatre and Popular Theatre. She worked in different settings (special needs, adolescents, elderly ) in art education. She work with Education Department of Portugal in the curricular design of Drama and Theatre in Education. Leader of projects in the field of Intercultural Artistic Dialogue. Since, 1999 she is Director of a community project with different cultures presents in the region of Évora (gypsies, nomadic workers, rural and east imigrants) having focused research for master on intercultural arts education. She is member of the Chair Commity of the Menuhin Association in Portugal and MUS-E Project (Artists in Schools).

Prof. Lucilia Valente

Associate Professer, Theatre Department, Universidade de Évora, ÉVORA, Portugal

Lucilia Valente, Associated Professor and Director of the Theatre Studies Course. ( Scenic Arts Department of the the University of Évora) . Postgradute Studies from 1986 and 1991 as full time student at the University of Wales (UK). Ph.D. on Therapeutic Drama and Dramatherapy (1991). Coordinator of Research group of Arts , Education and Criativity. Research interest on Education through Art, Community Theatre and Dramatherapy. International activity in research and training. President of the Portuguese Movement of Artistic Intervention and Education through Art and President of the Portuguese Association of Integrative Dramatherapy.


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