Monday, February 1, 2010
Leda Martins Talk: How Can We Remember the Bees and the Beats? Memory, Death and Disappearance in Brazilian Ritual Performances
How Can We Remember the Bees and the Beats? Memory, Death and Disappearance in Brazilian Ritual Performances
A lecture in English by Leda Martins
Thursday, February 4, 2010 6pm
Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics
20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor
New York, NY
Leda Martins is a poet, playwright, and professor of Literature at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Her research focuses on the relationship between performance and memory, particularly in Afro-Brazilian traditions.
Drawing on her concepts of "Spiral Time" and "Oraliture," Professor Martins will examine the ritual ceremonies of the Afro-Brazilian Congados and of the indigenous Maxakalí. Analyzing the interconnections between death, image, and the ancestral, she explores these performances as practices of embodied memory through which these communities struggle against forgetting and disappearance.