Breathing in the Heart of the Matter
Why Padre Marcelo Needs No Wings
Keywords:Padre Marcelo Rossi, 'aerial' movement, religion and film, spirituality and the media, embodied experience
This article addresses the distinctive spiritual qualities of aerial movement. Taking as a point of departure the feature ?lm Maria, Mãe do Filho de Deus (2003) played by famous Brazilian Padre Marcelo Rossi, it argues for an engagement with cinematic images in terms of aerial dynamic imagination. It will be shown that the “inspired breath” of Padre Marcelo organizes the universe and affects the constitution of subjects and space in the ?lm according to the Scriptures. The same aerial dynamic applies to his other contexts of performance such as Byzantine praying techniques and their relation to space. Subsequently, the article explores underlying analogies between electronic technology, acoustic environment, and pneumatic spirituality within common practices of embodied experience
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