The Dances and Their Meanings in the Kalunga Quilombola Community in Goiás/Brasil. CANCELLED

Thursday, July 17, 2014: 11:15 AM
Room: Booth 66
Dulce FILGUEIRA DE ALMEIDA , University of Brasilia, Brazil
Rosirene SANTOS , University of Brasília, Brasília, Brazil
Paraphrasing Almeida and Suassuna (2010, p. 59), the stories and social relations that constitute the group are revived during the dances and, while dancing, people take their places in society, revealing the identities of the bodies and mechanisms of resistance or acceptance regarding new cultural patterns. Based on this understanding, this work intends to comprehend the meaning of dances for young people belonging to the Kalunga community of Teresina de Goiás (located in the State of Goiás, Brazil). We sought to analyze the transitional processes that have been taking place in the daily life of the Kalunga community in relation to the reception of the dances (values and practices) between the generations of older adults and young people. An ethnographic research using interviews and direct observation as techniques was carried out in the community. The interpretation of the information took place on the grounds of authors who discuss the topic in the field of social science in dialogue with physical education. As a conclusion, we can affirm that the bodies intertwine in the feasts and dances and promote dancing dialogues established between generations. The ritual system, constituted by means of feasts and dances, reveals the senses and meanings of the dances as a cultural resistance strategy, while allowing for the reconstruction of the past and the re-signification of the present of this social group analyzed. This way, we observed the establishment of hybridization processes between traditionalism (older adults’ dance – sussa) and modernity (youth’s dance – forró), revealing multiple influences between traditional culture and the cultural industry, resulting in other cultural patterns.