Zoe: threatened common life

Abstract: In 2017, the dance performance Zoe, directed by the choreographer Francini Barros, was censored because its first scene had a naked performer on the sidewalk of the Apolo Theater in Recife. The fact led to a reflection on art as a mechanism to establish a utopia against neoliberal conservatism. This paper aims at understanding how the creative processes of the performance Zoe are placed as a micropolitical strategy of resistance to that conservatism. In order to do so, it establishes a dialogue with Agamben, Foucault, Deleuze, Guattari and Rolnik to discuss categories that served as a basis for our argumentative line, like ordinary life (zoé), utopian body, heterotopia, culture and subjectivity.

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