The workshop will allow UW-Madison students to create their own parangoles from materials of their choosing, some of which will be supplied. The workshop will be facilitated by Professor Simone Osthoff, an art historian and artist whose work has involved Hélio Oiticica’s propositions. After the workshop a public performance will be held for all workshop participants to dance, move, and feel together while wearing the parangolés. Live Brazilian music will be played during the performance.
One aim of the project is to balance play, experimentation, education, and community. The workshop allows participants to play and experiment in a community setting. Professor Osthoff’s knowledge adds the crucial educational aspect with her expertise in Brazilian performance and art. Professor Osthoff’s presence, along with the framing of the event, promises to contextualize and historicize the social experience of making and performing with the parangolés, while considering all the while its contemporary implications.
Twenty-five UW-Madison students, from all levels and departments, will be invited to participate. Students will be welcomed to join the workshop and performance on a first come, first serve basis. The workshop and performance will be facilitated by Professor Simone Osthoff.