History

The creation of the first and yet only Master's degree in dance of the country, with an area of concentration in dance, by the Dance School of the Federal University of Bahia resulted from a combination of factors particularly favorable in communicating to the general conditions of Academic, administrative and institutional infrastructure of the dance school, necessary for its realization. Implemented in 2006, the favorable situation for the creation of the master’s degree in dance dates back to previous actions in UFBA. In 1997 the Graduate program in performing Arts-PPGAC emerged, the result of a partnership between the theatre and dance schools. This strategy aimed to strengthen the researches that were already being developed by the researchers of these schools, as well as the formation of new researchers, including the qualification of professors from UFBA itself.
 
The demand for a graduate program in dance was observed within the UFBA itself, since all the art schools had their graduate programs. The dance was housed in the PPGAC. This program was created jointly by the Theatre School and Dance School, an important historical circumstance, at a time when the number of doctoral professors from each school wasn’t sufficient to guarantee them autonomy and made possible research and graduate studies in both areas (theatre and dance).
 
In national terms, there was a growing demand for stricto sensu titration in the dance area due to the emergence of new undergraduate courses in dance at public universities (especially from the year 2003) and private colleges. The occurrence of specialization courses in dance, even if linked to the departments of Theatre, communications, physical education and/or performing arts, in general, showed (and still shows) the demand for characteristic titration of the area. Such a long-term situation without emancipation as a knowledge area and specific academic research contributed, in general, to maintaining the dance held hostage of the discriminatory and historically disseminated idea, as to the alleged incompatibility between Dance and theory, hindering the consolidation of challenging initiatives of this doxa.
 
As a result of the relevant growth of the PPGAC and the strengthening of the dance area, in 2003 a lawsuit was promoted through the institutional Qualification Program-PQI, from the Coordination of Improvement of Higher-Level Personnel-CAPES Established between the Dance School of Federal University of Bahia (IES/proponent) and the program of graduate studies in Communication and Semiotics of the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo, COS PUC-SP (IES/Cooperante). The COSPUC, a pioneer and innovative shelter for research in Brazilian graduation dance, was consolidated with theoretical structures that allowed the expansion and knowledge advancement in the articulation of dance with other knowledge, through studies and research in approaches Interdisciplinary based on the interface between art, communication and science. The PQI extended to the year 2008 with the purpose of consolidating the structural bases for academic research in the dance area, forming PhD, conducting academic meetings and producing publications, with the ultimate purpose of acting as Platform for the implementation of the master's degree in dance at UFBA.
 
The development team of the program creation proposal was formed by: Prof. Dr. Fabiana Dultra Britto (president); Prof. Dr. A.; Prof. Dr. Fernando Antonio de Paula Passos; Prof. Dr. Ivani Lúcia Oliveira de Santana; Prof. Dr. Leda Maria Muhana Martinez Iannitelli and Prof. Dr. Norberto Peña.  
 
The project was approved under the UFBA and in 2005 by CAPES. The first class of the Masters in Dance joined 2006. 
 
The PPGDance Currently, comes back, thanks to its diversified teaching staff, for the plurality and diversity of information, and access to them, as a condition for the construction of autonomy and for the occurrence of thoughts in democratic actions in dance.
 

 

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