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Program

5 and 6 May - 20:00 h (Local Time)
KraftWerk

Photo: Matthias Leitzke

GRUPO CORPO

5 May 2018, 20:00h and 6 May 2018, 18:00h KraftWerk
Introduction with Bernd Kauffmann and Jürgen Wilcke on 5 May at 19:15h in the KraftWerk

PROGRAMME

Dança Sinfônica (German premiere)
Choreography: Rodrigo Pederneiras
Music: Marco Antônio Guimarães
Set design: Paulo Pederneiras
Costume design: Freusa Zechmeister
Lighting design: Paulo Pederneiras and Gabriel Pederneiras

Duration: 42 minutes
World premiere: 5 August 2015, Belo Horizonte

Dança Sinfônica premiered on Grupo Corpo's 40th anniversary in 2015. The new choreography revolves around the theme of memory and is set to a specially-composed symphony by long-standing musical collaborator Marco Antônio Guimarães, who also created the music for key Pederneiras works like 21 and Bach. Bringing together musical quotations and evocative passages from recent productions, his arrangement provides the perfect basis for Rodrigo Pederneiras to bring to the stage the best pieces from Grupo Corpo's 40-year history.

More than a thousand personal snapshots from the private photo albums of Grupo Corpo members, from dancers and ballet masters to technicians and ushers, make up the 8x16-metre backdrop that sets the tone for the piece. The result is a tour d’horizon of 40 years of history of one of Brazil's most renowned companies.

Gira (European premiere)
Choreography: Rodrigo Pederneiras
Music: Metá Metá
Set design: Paulo Pederneiras
Costume design: Freusa Zechmeister
Lighting design: Paulo Pederneiras and Gabriel Pederneiras

Duration: approx. 38 minutes
World premiere: 4 August 2017, São Paulo

Gira, Grupo Corpo's latest production, focuses on the rituals of a Brazilian religion called Umbanda that developed in the country's urban centres in the 1920s. Combining Afro-indigenous belief systems like Candomblé and Orixás with Catholicism and spiritualism, the religion sees spirits, nature and the elements as the means to communion with the divine. Rituals create an internal movement that releases universal energies. These rituals inspired the complex body language of movements and gestures created by Rodrigo Pederneiras for the Gira choreography.

The music by São Paulo-based band Metá Metá combines Brazilian folk and the myths and rhythms of the Candomblé cult with avant-garde pop and free jazz. The soundtrack is inspired by Eshu, Lord of all paths and crossroads, and of all order and chaos. As well as being responsible for our journey through life and inscrutable destiny, he is a mischievous messenger between the spiritual and material realms.

Total duration: 1 hour 45 minutes with one intermission

COMPANY

Grupo Corpo embodies the diversity of Brazil in a community that has become quite literally a "body ensemble" and is one of the country's most distinguished dance companies. Consciously drawing on Brazilian culture in all its complexity, the company defamiliarizes clichés of what is "typically Brazilian" with an ironic and original touch. Incorporating the latest trends in the contemporary music and art scene, the choreographies created run the gamut from primitive to intellectual and from traditional to cosmopolitan.

Paulo Pederneiras founded Grupo Corpo in 1975 in the megacity Belo Horizonte, capital of the state of Minas Gerais. Together with his brother, choreographer Rodrigo Pederneiras, he has developed the company's trademark style. Grupo Corpo dazzles audiences with movements of abstract beauty and collective force coupled with precision and boundless energy. The set and lighting design with which Paulo Pederneiras structures the space and modulates the movements are also intrinsic to the company's identity.

A Grupo Corpo dance school offers underprivileged children the opportunity to study music or dance.
The company opened the very first Movimentos Festival on 25 April 2003. It performed the choreographies Breu and Parabelo in Wolfsburg in 2008, and Triz and Ímã in 2014.

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Together with his brother Rodrigo and costume designer Freusa Zechmeister, Paulo Pederneiras is the third member of the creative team responsible for the quality of the ensemble. He is both Grupo Corpo's initiator and artistic director, keeping an eye on global developments in dance with a keen sensitivity. A prudent administrator with no shortage of ideas, he has secured the company's continued existence over many years.
His creative force lies in the sophisticated lighting design of the productions with which he hones the choreographies created by his brother Rodrigo to stunning effect. Paulo Pederneiras has also developed the lighting for a number of opera productions and has designed exhibitions including "Indigenous and Anthropologic Art" to mark the 500th-anniversary celebrations of Brazil in São Paulo.

CHOREOGRAPHER
His ideas regarding a form of dance that "comes from within the body" underpin the company's style: Rodrigo Pederneiras began as a dancer with Grupo Corpo and has developed most of its repertoire as a choreographer since 1978. He has also produced choreographies around the world for companies including the ballet at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Portuguese Gulbenkian Ballet and Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal.

Rodrigo Pederneiras' language of movement ranges from classical ballet to dances like xaxado and capoeira, which subvert and form an ironic contrast to high culture. The basis of this language is the concrete expression, the dynamic suppleness of the body, which appears to give rise to a new spatial dimension on the stage. His choreographies are mostly based on music by Latin American composers, some written especially for the productions.