Companhia Portuguesa de Bailado Contemporâneo (KENNEDY CENTER DEBUT)
Vasco Wellenkamp, Artistic Director
Fado, Rituals and Shadows (D.C. PREMIERE)
"Mr. Wellenkamp knows how to distill feeling and pour it out onstage."--The New York Times
Companhia Portuguesa de Bailado Contemporâneo was founded in 1997 by Vasco Wellenkamp (a former choreographer for the Gulbenkian Ballet) and Graça Barroso. Over the last 15 years, the company has premiered more than 50 works and toured to Brazil, Italy, Spain, Austria, Germany, Luxembourg, the United States, China, and Israel. Jan Linkens, Artistic Director for the Netherlands Dans Theater, invited Vasco Wellenkamp to choreograph Fado, Rituals and Shadows, a work about the national music genre of Portugal. The score features the beautiful voice of Carla Pires. The poetry of the text she sings represents a sense of abandonment and emotion, a ritual without time or defined characters.
Free Explore the Arts Post-Performance Discussion: March 10
Performance Timing: 75 minutes, with no intermission.
Watch and Listen
IBERIAN SUITE: Festival Highlights
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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