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Grupo Corpo
Photo: Jose Luis Pederneiras
Grupo Corpo

Grupo Corpo
lives and works in Belo Horizonte, Brazil

In 1985, brothers Rodrigo and Paulo Pederneiras (choreographer and artistic director, respectively) shocked the Brazilian dance community with their ballet Prelûdios (Preludes), presenting a previously unseen combination of intense physicality and radical design. The rhythmic complexity of Afro-Brazilian dance, mixed with an intimate knowledge of ballet and modern dance vocabulary, marked a significant moment in the creative evolution of Grupo Corpo (formed 1975) and for contemporary Brazilian dance. Based in Belo Horizonte, capital city of Minas Gerais and well known as a leading cultural center, the nineteen-member company's repertoire has been noteworthy for its constant mutation and development. Their dedication to the importance of overall design--from costumes to lighting and sets--has resulted in a unique cohesion between dancers, choreography, and original Brazilian music, including works by Tom Zé, João Bosco, Zé Miguel Wisnik, and experimental music group Uakti. O Corpo startles with an all-red design aesthetic, minimalist movement vocabulary, and a hypnotically edgy new score by art-rock composer Arnaldo Antunes. Their continuous search for new approaches has served to make Grupo Corpo a workshop of enduring invention.

--Diana Kim

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