creation and displacements in Mesa Farta, by the Pretagô group (Porto Alegre, Brazil)



Exu, Black Theater, Performance, Afroreference, Afrotempos


This article, which is part of a doctoral research, reflects on some cosmogonic aspects of Exu, a Yoruban orisha, and his relations with the spectacle Mesa Farta (‘Plentiful Table’), by the theater group Pretagô (Porto Alegre-Brazil). The mythic-philosophical foundations that constitute knowledge of African origins are discussed; scenic strategies developed in the process of creation, that organize a way of thinking about scenic practice itself, based on assumptions distanced from Eurocentric theatrical and performative notions, are identified. It appears that the notion of afrotempo (‘Afro-time’), conceived as a Black strategy for relating to the creation process managed by the group’s artists, enables new approaches to doing and inscribing Black ethics and philosophy in the field of performing arts.


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Thiago Pirajira Conceição, UFRGS

Thiago Pirajira Conceição is an actor, performer, director, producer, curator and theater teacher. He holds a PhD in Performing Arts, a master’s degree in Education and a bachelor’s degree in Theater from the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS). He is an Associate Professor in the Theater - Teaching program at the Centro de Artes of the Universidade Federal de Pelotas (UFPel). Leader of the Arts, Gender and Ethnic-Racial Relations Research Group (CNPq). Co-founding artist of the Pretagô group, a group for the creation and investigation of Black subjectivities in the Performing Arts. Co-founding artist of the carnival theater collective Bloco da Laje. Actor and producer in the Usina do Trabalho do Ator (UTA) group. Creator and curator of CURA Mostra de Artes Cênicas Negras de Porto Alegre. Develops training and pedagogical support in artistic practices that touch on Teaching Ethnic-Racial Relations (ERER) and AntiRacist Education.



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Pirajira Conceição, T. (2024). Afrotempos:: creation and displacements in Mesa Farta, by the Pretagô group (Porto Alegre, Brazil). Revista Brasileira De Estudos Da Presença, 14(1). Recuperado de



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