Cultural Space and Theatrical Conventions in the Works of Oduvaldo Vianna Filho

Cultural Space and Theatrical Conventions in the Works of Oduvaldo Vianna Filho

by Leslie Hawkins Damasceno
     
 

Oduvaldo Vianna Filho was a key activist in the Brazilian national theater movement from 1954 until his death, at the age of 38, in 1974. An author and actor in theater, cinema, and television, Vianinha - as he was popularly called - was an astute theoretician whose assessments of Brazilian theater still speak directly to controversial issues of the 1990s. In his… See more details below

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Oduvaldo Vianna Filho was a key activist in the Brazilian national theater movement from 1954 until his death, at the age of 38, in 1974. An author and actor in theater, cinema, and television, Vianinha - as he was popularly called - was an astute theoretician whose assessments of Brazilian theater still speak directly to controversial issues of the 1990s. In his theoretical writings, Vianinha discussed politics and aesthetics, the real and potential audiences for Brazilian theater, and how these issues, as well as problems of resources and training, affected the traditions and evolution of Brazilian theater and drama. He wrote during one of the most repressive periods in Brazilian history, a time in which the military regime crippled theater and the arts. In his work he constantly appraised his own dramatic development and the potential of his theatrical activity, in light of cultural and political possibilities, to affect social change. In the first full-length study in English of Vianna Filho's work, Leslie Damasceno examines theatrical and dramatic conventions in relation to the cultural space within which Vianinha lived and worked, interweaving discussions of acting, direction, and use of scenic space with textual analyses of his plays. To place him in cultural and historic context, Damasceno surveys the social, political, and economic factors that delineated the parameters of, and opportunity for, theatrical performance.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814325957
Publisher:
Wayne State University Press
Publication date:
11/01/1996
Series:
Latin American Literature and Culture SE
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
292

Table of Contents

Preface9
Ch. 1Theoretical Introduction: Culture, Value Systems, and Theater13
Ch. 2Oduvaldo Vianna Filho: Theory and Biography39
Ch. 3Arena and the Centro Popular de Cultura62
Ch. 4Contesting the Coup: 1964-1968110
Ch. 5Consolidation of Authoritarian Control and Theater172
Ch. 6Rasga coracao210
Ch. 7Conclusion243
Notes249
Bibliography267
Index281

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