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The Poetics of Teaching Art

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I think arts education in the world has refugeed in the easiest issues to solve and in tune with current technocratic policies: a teaching attached to the vertigo of proven techniques (primarily in music and dance) and the treatment of theory as dogma, not as reflection. Supposedly, this facilitates the transmission of information, especially if the contents are standardized and are broken into shorter fragments, depending on the subject. The poetics of dance education is heading to become artists as individuals who have a creative disposition towards life. In the field, whether artistic or not, what is learned allows the creative reformulation of the world. This implies the presence of a teacher to solve society’s schizophrenia in his teaching, addressing the “do-feel” and thinking of the principles of art, at all times.


Patricia Cardona is a member of the Centre for Research, Documentation and Information on Dance José Limón since 1990. She studied philosophy and specialized in the International School of Theatre Anthropology that leads Eugenio Barba. In Mexico, she has made specialized studies on the dramaturgy of the actor (Casa del Teatro) and has participated in the ongoing seminar Behavioral Anthropology (2001 and 2005) in the INAH . Is the author of “Dance in Mexico in the 70s”. Her book, “The New Face of the Mexican Dancer”, was the antecedent of her seminar “The perception of the spectator”, which included an instructional video bearing the same name. In 1991, the Grand Festival of Mexico City published her book “Anatomy of the Critic”, text that summarizes her findings and experiences over her thirty-year career as a critic of the performing arts in various media. She is also author of “Guillermina Bravo. An iconography”, “Dramaturgy of the dancer or butterfly hunter”, “Diary of a dance: theatrical anthropology in Latin America” and “Poetics of teaching: One experience”. She has lectured and taught seminars in dance and theater festivals in Venezuela, Colombia, Costa Rica and Argentina, and throughout Mexico.

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