Uruguayan Carnival during the Last Dictatorship. The Evolution of a New Way of Resistance

  • Gabriela Rivera Rodríguez Castrelos, 34, portal 2. 4ºD, 36210 Vigo
Keywords: carnival, dictatorship, resistance, Murga, theatre, Uruguay


Abstract. The paper proposes to trace the evolution of Uruguayan carnival from the viewpoint of left-wing movements, from its beginnings to its evolution as a tool to resist the military and dictatorial government that lasted from 1973 to 1985. In this period the conception of the carnival changed significantly, from being an evasion spectacle to a tool in the resistance movement. Special attention is given to the analysis of the the consequences of censorship in Murga spectacles, as it contributed to the consolidation of the tablado as not only a space for collective entertainment but as a space for political and aesthetic resistance.


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