“Brincas de Évora” Rituals of Carnival and Performance in the South of Portugal: How Rural Traditional Festivities Survive in a Contemporary World
The brincas de Evora is a dramatic performance based on popular rhymes as the narrative plot, encompassing music and dance and poetry. It is a carnival celebration inspired on old winter rituals which were commun in whole Europe.
In old times this was a theatrical event performed only by men but nowdays woman also have a role to play. The delivery of the text is heard as a kind of chanting emerging from a particular type of rhyme in verses of ten lines. In its peformative structure it combines old oral epic themes with both local and global satiric contemporary situations . Although the epic themes are somehow distant from contemporary life the interactive, dynamic and multi-expressive qualities of the performance keep the motivation of local comunities who preserve this form of representation. The present paper aims to:
- describe the theatrical features of this type of event
- identify the motivations of these community, whether young or older members to continue and to preserve these folk heritage .
The paper will present the results of an inquiry launched to the audience just after de performace at Carnival celebrations. It will be discuss and analysed the impact of these events on affective, emotional and cultural identity of this community.
Keywords: Carnival Performance, Community Participation, Rural Traditions in the Contemporary World, Heritage and Identity
Dr. Isabel Bezelga
Lecturer, Education and Pedagogy Department, Universidade de Évora
Prof. Lucilia Valente
Associate Professer, Theatre Department, UNIVERSIDADE DE ÉVORA