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The Portuguese Dance to Like Her Own project

Projeto a Dança Portuguesa a Gostar de si mesma

This an interesting project. In the videos I analyzed there are some common features. They are recorded outdoors, always in a rural or heritage space. Almost all of the participants are of some age and seem to act in a specific way for the recording. They can act in pairs, individually or in a group of more than five participants. They can act through movement (dance) accompanied with music, whether choir or singing. Generally speaking, this type of collection, made specifically for the recording, loses all the activity that precedes the performative moment and what happens to it. It is also not clear how the dance is performed in a community context. However, due to the testimony value, it represents a high patrimonial value.

After observing the three videos, it is verified that the observation of movement quality is possible with quality. However, given the circumstance of the performative act, she is not very exuberant and explores the body in a limited way. Perhaps because of the age of the dancers and the filming context, the movements are very simple and contained. The body’s potential is little explored. There is also no scope for great innovation and creativity. Since it is a rural heritage, the movements seem to have been crystallized. It is possible to observe in some of the movement links to traditional European dances, which in the late 19th and early 20th centuries favored traditional Portuguese dances, such as polka and mazurka. Mostly, it is clear that they were circle dances or cirandas, which were adopted. It is also curious to realize that these dances were originally urban, having been later installed and adapted in rural environments in hybrid forms. In some cases, it is possible to observe an adaptation in the dances presented with work songs.
There are some works in this area that could be mobilized to enrich this site.


Por Pedro Pereira Leite

Pedro Pereira Leite:
Guest Professor at Lusophone University where he is a member of the executive board of the UNITWIN Chair of UNESCO "Education, Citizenship and Cultural Diversity" (2018-2022). He has been a professor in the PhD and Master's programs in Museology since 2011. He is currently promoting the installation of the MED Museum of Global Education and Cultural Diversity, a program to include local knowledge and memories to create sustainable communities.
He is Member of the Direction of the International Movement for a New Museology (MINOM / ICOM). Integrates the member bodies of ICOM Portugal (2014 - 2020). He is part of several research networks and has collaborated with the UNESCO School Network and the Educating Cities Network in Portugal. It develops research activity in Portugal, Spain, Brazil and in Mozambique.
It maintains the research book Education, Citizenship and Cultural Diversity (https://globaleduca.hypotheses.org/) and Social Museology and Ecomuseus in Portugal (https://ecomuseus.wordpress.com/)
Contact: pedro.leite@ulusofona.pt / pedropereiraleite@hotmail.com

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