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PhD Candidate
Departamento de Comunicação e Arte | Universidade de Aveiro
Campus Universitário de Santiago
3810-193 Aveiro
Tel: (+351) 234 370 389 (ext. 23700)


Marisa Ponce de León began her music studies with the piano and then decided to take the flute as a profession. From 1997 to 2008, the Conservatory of Queretaro and The Fine Arts School were her second home. She won first place at the most prestigious National Flute Competitions in México in 2003 and 2006, 2007 and third place in 2013. After graduating from the University of Veracruz with the highest grades with the renowned flutist Natalia Valderrama, she was a visiting musician at the National Symphony Orchestra, becoming later the principal flutist of the Chiapas Symphony Orchestra, teacher and co-founder of the Woodwind Academy at the University of Sciences and Arts of Chiapas (2011 to 2016). Her interest in contemporary music determined her proposal for the master´s degree at the University of Aveiro: Mysticism and musical performance: an interpretative proposal of pieces for solo flute by Mario Lavista and Torü Takemitsu’, a combination of western classical music with meditative and therapeutic instruments, in a project concretized through the performance of the ensemble ‘Sidereae Nunciae’, of which is a creator and a constituent element. Recently she attended the Festival ‘Time of Music’ in Viitaasari (Finland), playing pieces from Kaija Saariaho and guided by the flutist Camilla Hoitenga and the composer Saariaho. At present she studies the Doctoral Program in Music – Performance at the University of Aveiro with professor Jorge Correia PhD as her advisor and professor Filipe Lopes PhD as her co-advisor.


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Doctoral Project
Phytopoetic creation: contribution to a reflection on ethical responsibility concerning musical performance
MarisaLeon projeto 
This artistic research is part of my doctoral project in progress and that, in terms of motivation, results from an ethical decision. Aware that, consciously or not, there is no investigation that is not based on an ethical posture, in the contextualization of this investigation will be made a reflection on the anthropological issues and environmental factors that substantiate the ethical posture assumed in this work.
This project proposes to contribute to a better understanding of the plants as sentient beings, establishing reciprocal and empathic relations (human - plants) that facilitate the perception of individuality and the idiosyncrasies of their lives. The importance of our decisions on current issues that will have an evident impact on our future, such as global warming and veganism, requires a reconfiguration of our mentalities and our convictions in relation to the ecosystem.
How to contribute to this reconfiguration?
The performing arts constitute powerful and influential means of socially intervening, reconfiguring imaginaries and mentalities. When cultivated thoughtlessly can contribute to alienation. I intend to create a performance (a scenic-musical show) that, through the presence of the plants and the interaction with sounds which originate from the plants, will hopefully sensitize audiences to the complicity between humans and plants, which seems to be necessary and fundamental to our survival.
From my competence as a professional flautist I shall try to affect and stimulate the reaction of plants and use mechanical and digital resources that will reproduce these reactions of the plants in sound, all this will build a performance that will thus result from a dialogue between two species, thus demonstrating their affinity and possible complicity.
It is also intended to contribute to the development of artistic research in a perspective of highlighting the relevant articulation, although not always conscious, of ethical responsibility and the search for aesthetic results.

Key words: performance, ethics, artistic research, ecosystem, plants.