The Brazilian tradition of the repentistas (or trovadores in the South); improvised poetry duels that one may encounter in the streets, and a form of grassroots poetry where two poets singing verses made up in the moment compete in an argument with rhymed verses meant to provoke yet another response. The words are usually performed to the rhythm of a tambourine, guitar or other instrument.
This tradition is ‘borrowed’ to function as a means of staging the dialogues on the participatory budget. Loosely mixing the different characters of the parrhesia and the tradition of the repentistas the script based on the many conversations we had during our research on the participatory budget will allow the different voices that occur in all instances to become manifest as a dispute, as a discursive and imaginative fight; set in action and staged as making public space, in order to take space and time to open up a space in which different and oppositional ideas can assemble in dialogue...and from there they may continue to develop and become effective as they disperse. The performances will take place every week on saturday and sunday, 3 pm, in public squares in the city of Porto Alegre.
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