Performance Metamorphoses - 1st semester


To analyze the metamorphoses present in the concepts and practices of the performing arts from a long-term historical basis, giving special emphasis to the works and artistic processes that can better explain the hybridism of modern art. The relationship between art and science will be studied so as to explain concepts such as the laboratory, experimental or quasi-artistic types, etc.; art and travel (in its various forms), in order to explain the perspective of ethnographic research or contamination, of fusion, particularly by addressing interculturalism; art and life, in order to discuss transgressions of the artistic canons, specifically the artistic practices involving an “excess” of spectacle, or, conversely, anti-spectacle. This approach aims to provide students with conceptual and theoretical tools that allow them to discuss the contemporary performing arts with underlying historical context.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Cláudia Guerra Madeira


Weekly - 3 letivas + 1 tutorial

Total - Available soon

Teaching language





GOLBERG, Roselee, A Arte da Performance – Do Futurismo ao Presente, Lisboa, Orfeu Negro, 2007.
JENKS, Chris, Transgressions, London, Routledge, 2003.
JIMINEZ, Marc (org.), Art et Mutations: Les Nouvelles Relations Esthétiques, Paris, Klinscksieck, 2004.
LISTA, Marcela (2006), L’Oeuvre D’art Totale à la Naissance des Avant-gardes, Paris, CTHS, INHA.
MADEIRA, Cláudia (2008), O Hibridismo nas Artes Performativas em Portugal, Tese de Doutoramento, Lisboa, ICS.
JONES, Amelia & Heathfield, Adrian (2012) Perform, Repeat, Record - Live art in History, UK, USA,Intellect, The University of Chigaco Press.
REMSHARDT, Ralf E. (2004), Staging the Savage God – The Grotesque in Performance, USA, Southern Illinois University Press.
ZOLBERG, Vera, CHERBO, Joni Maya (orgs.) (1997), Outsider Art – Contesting Boundaries in Contemporary Culture, United Kingdom, Cambridge University Press.
GIANNACHI, Gabriella; et all., (2012) Archaeologies of Presence, USA and Canadá, Routledge.

Teaching method

Both reading of texts and audiovisual equipment will support the teacher´s theoretical presentations, in order to promote critical discussion in the classroom. Study visits, about which students will produce written reports, will enhance knowledge and the training of judgment and criticism skills.
In class teaching

Evaluation method

Students must obligatorily do oral presentations (including the preparation of audiovisual material) which will enrich the seminar with the introduction of different cases and perspectives on various performing issues.
In addition to these elements of continuous evaluation that are worth 30% of the final grade, students will do critical research about a topic, an author or work, which will also be presented orally (70%).

Subject matter

I. Cycles in the scenic worlds – long term periodic repetitions throughout history:
Cycles versus ruptures – Latour, Stross, Eagleton, Hannerz, Eco;
Hybridism as the dominant paradigm of art.
II. Evolution of metamorphoses and hybridisms in the performing arts – “from poetry to cyberspectacle”.
III. Metamorphoses in the ways of making scenic worlds – relations between art, science and life.
The issue of metamorphoses /of hybridism and monsters in the performing arts;
Metamorphoses in scenic practices.
Metamorphoses of performance and science – the concepts of laboratory, experiment and quasi-type in the performing arts.
Metamorphoses of performance and travel – ethnographic research, contamination, fusion, interculturalism in the performing arts.
Metamorphoses between performance and life / art and reality – from the excess of spectacle to anti-spectacle.