Paulo Pederneiras, Artistic Director
"Spectacular dancing…virtuoso dancers who seamlessly integrate disparate influences into their ever-malleable, apparently tireless bodies"--The New York Times
"Their combination of sharp precision and breezy relaxation is unlike anything I have ever seen."--The Daily Telegraph (London)
A wildly popular dance ensemble from the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, Grupo Corpo has been a strong international representative of Brazilian contemporary dance since its founding 40 years ago. With its trademark combination of classical technique and contemporary re-reading of popular Brazilian dance forms, the company has created more than 35 major works as well as 2,300 pieces under its founding brothers, Paulo and Rodrigo Pederneiras.
Their work Sem Mim features an original score composed by Carlos Núñes and José Miguel Wisnik, and is based on the "Sea of Vigo" song cycle by Martín Codax, a set of seven songs dating from the 13th century. Also on the program, Onqotô is a piece about human perplexity and inexorable pettiness before the vastness of the universe. The choreography by Rodrigo Pederneiras contrasts and juxtaposes verticality and horizontality, chaos and order, roughness and tenderness, volume and sparseness, moving along and against the soundtrack, all while unveiling underlying meanings, melody, and rhythms.
Performance Timing: Part One - 48 min.; Intermission - 20 min.; Part Two - 42 min.
Watch and Listen
Close-Up with Gabriel Pederneiras of Grupo Corpo
Preview of IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix
IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix
Presented in cooperation with the governments of Portugal and Spain
His Majesty King Don Juan Carlos
Festival Leadership Committee
Rui Machete, Portuguese Minister of State and Foreign Affairs
José Andrés, Natalia and Carlos Bulgheroni, Helen Lee Henderson, Amalia Perea Mahoney,
Former President Felipe González Márquez, The Honorable Luis Alberto Moreno, and
David M. Rubenstein
Ambassador Elizabeth F. Bagley, Natalia and Carlos Bulgheroni,
Amalia Perea Mahoney and William Mahoney, and David and Alice Rubenstein
Additional support is provided by Abengoa, Logoplaste,
The Honorable and Mrs. Thomas F. McLarty, III, and Repsol.
International Programming at the Kennedy Center is made possible through the generosity of the
Kennedy Center International Committee on the Arts.
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