Lessons from Outside the Classroom: Performance Pedagogies in Portugal (1970-1980)

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk


In the 1970s, Portuguese performance art would exhibit itself as a language of experimentation in the local artistic scene with increasing public visibility. This prominence, which led to regular festivals and live events, did not reflect upon formal education or the integration of performance into the curriculum of art schools. In this presentation, we argue that the Portuguese approach to a performance pedagogy occurred mainly through a double path. On the one hand, through the convergent action of two important critics-curators with relevant international connections in the area of performance, namely Egídio Álvaro and Ernesto de Sousa. On the other, through the singular action of an association of artists, the Círculo de Artes Plásticas de Coimbra (CAPC), who had an institutional relationship with the student’s academy (Associação Académica de Coimbra) of the University of Coimbra. The CAPC takes the pedagogical and performative utopia of the art-life relationship a step further, at a time which shared the ethos of the democratic revolution of 1974; its members collaborated with the international performance scene, having not only developed projects with Wolf Vostell in Malpartida (Spain) but also organised an important exhibition of Portuguese performance at the Centre George Pompidou, in Paris.
Period6 Dec 2018
Event titleNetwork workshop Histories of Performance Art – Symposium Memoirs, Pedagogies and Digital Translations
Event typeConference
LocationZurique, PortugalShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Performance
  • Pedagogies