The project intends to study the concept and a series of popular theater exercises proposed by the theatrologist Augusto Boal in his writings from the 1970s. This material, composed of reflections and descriptions of techniques, was later gathered and reworked in the book Latin American Popular Theater Techniques ("Técnicas Latino-Americanas de Teatro Popular: uma revolução copernicana ao contrário")from 1979. Part of it remains unpublished in the Augusto Boal Institute archive. The research aims to study the materials that gave rise to the book; to understand the process of formation of this fundamental work, its historical, geographical, and political context; and to analyze the specificity of Boal's idea of "popular theater", in comparison to other modern trends in Brazil and Europe. The author's main techniques will be analyzed to prove their current validity.
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