IBERIAN SUITE: Grupo Corpo (Brazil): Sem Mim & Onqotô
Hailed as "Brazil's leading ambassador of contemporary dance" (Toronto's The Globe and Mail), Grupo Corpo returns with its latest fusion of Afro-Brazilian dance, ballet, jazz, and more in its acclaimed works Sem Mim and Onqotô.
- Mar. 6 - 7, 2015
- Eisenhower Theater
- Approx. 1-3/4 hours
- $25.00 - $60.00
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)
Hailed as "Brazil's leading ambassador of contemporary dance" (Toronto's The Globe and Mail), Grupo Corpo returns to the Kennedy Center after last performing in 2002's AmericArtes festival celebrating Brazil and Argentina. Renowned for its fusion of Afro-Brazilian dance, ballet, jazz, and other contemporary styles, the company now brings its acclaimed works Sem Mim and Onqotô, both choreographed by Rodrigo Pederneiras, brother of Artistic Director Paulo Pederneiras.
Based on Sea of Virgo, the 13th-century song cycle by Galician troubadour Martin Codax, 2011's Sem Mim ("without me") is inspired by stories of women who mourn the absence and celebrate the return of their seafaring lovers. To a stunning original score, dancers perform in skin-colored unitards tattooed with inscriptions from the Middle Ages--their bodies unfolding between calm and fury and with the ebb and flow of the waves depicted in Codax's songs.
Onqotô, an existential riff on the big bang theory created for the company's 30th anniversary in 2005, explores our feelings of helplessness and pettiness when faced with the immensity of the universe. Performing to Caetano Veloso and Jose Miguel Wisnik's original score of primal percussion, electric guitar, accordion, and multiple juxtaposed voices, 20 dancers seem to be constantly swallowed by an invisible force of gravity, as if searching for answers to issues that arise within the soulful lyrics, inspired by Portuguese and Brazilian poets both classic and modern.
Performance Timing: Part One - 48 min.; Intermission - 20 min.; Part Two - 42 min.
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