The Dramaturgy of the Body in the Indian Theatre as a Visible Poetry

Ricardo Carlos Gomes (Universidade Federal de Ouro Preto ‒ UFOP, Ouro Preto/MG, Brazil), Priscilla de Queiroz Duarte (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais ‒ UFMG, Belo Horizonte/MG, Brazil)


This article intends to analyze the concept of dṛśya kāvya (visible poetry) from the Indian scenic tradition, as a proposal to a dramaturgy of the body. Starting from the impact that the Asian scenic tradition caused in the European theater in the 20th century, we will examine some concepts and acting techniques from the Indian classical dance-theater (specially Orissi and Kathakali), which are based in the translation of the word into physical gesture. We also question the relevance of this discussion to a theater seeking to distance itself from a logocentric model, in an intercultural perspective.


Actor’s Craft; Interculturalism; Indian Classical Dance-Theatre; Kathakali; Orissi;


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REVISTA BRASILEIRA DE ESTUDOS DA PRESENÇA - Brazilian Journal on Presence Studies - e-ISSN 2237-2660 - Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brasil -





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