São Paulo Dance Company

19, 20 and 21 July

Photo: Matthias Leitzke

Artistic director: Inês Bogéa
Choreographies: Trick Cell Play (world premiere/Movimentos commissioned production), Gnawa, Agora (European premiere)

19 July, 8:00 pm, Hafen 1
20 July, 8:00 pm, Hafen 1
21 July, 6:00 pm, Hafen 1

Introduction to the work on 19 July, 7:15 pm, Hafen 1 foyer

Duration: approx. 2 hours




The São Paulo Dance Company is a relatively young ensemble. Founded in 2008, it has already become one of the global leaders in international dance. The company's work combines Brazilian culture with the contemporary styles of the great choreographers of our time. More than half a million people have seen the dance group on stage in over than 900 performances presented in more than 130 cities around the world. The São Paulo Dance Company repertoire includes classical as well as contemporary dance pieces. Some 55 choreographies have been created for the company, including many works by choreographers Édouard Lock, Marco Goecke, Rodrigo Pederneiras and Henrique Rodovalho. Productions of famous choreographies by Jirí Kylián, William Forsythe, George Balanchine, Nacho Duato and others complement the group's repertoire. The company will be in Wolfsburg for the second time in 2019 after performing the Movimentos commissioned work PEEKABOO by Marco Goecke in the Volkswagen KraftWerk power plant in 2013.

TRICK CELL PLAY (WORLD PREMIERE / MOVIMENTOS COMISSIONED PRODUCTION) (world premiere/Movimentos commissioned production)

Choreography: Édouard Lock
Music: Gavin Bryars
In autumn 2018, the Movimentos Festival and São Paulo Dance Company have decided to co-produce an artistic work with Canadian star choreographer Édouard Lock. The thematic focus of the production was on remembering and forgetting, the cultural recollection of humankind and its endangerment. The background for this joint effort was based on the disastrous fire in Brazil's National Museum in Rio de Janeiro, in which the cultural heritage of Latin America was almost completely destroyed. Commissioned by the Movimentos Festival, Trick Cell Play will premiere in Wolfsburg on 19 July 2019. The music for the choreography is based on contemporary arrangements of the romantic operatic repertoire.

The production by the Pró-Dança Association/São Paulo Dance Company was commissioned by the Movimentos Festival for the Autostadt in Wolfsburg.


Édouard Lock is a Canadian choreographer, filmmaker and photographer. He founded the renowned La La La Human Steps company in Québec and directed the dance group from 1980 to 2015. In addition to his highly-acclaimed work for this ensemble, Lock has created choreographies for dance companies around the world, including the Paris Opera Ballet, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, the Nederlands Dans Theater and the Culberg Ballet. The new piece is his second commissioned work for the São Paulo Dance Company, following his choreography "The Seasons", which was honoured in 2014 as the best performance of the year. In 2016, Édouard Lock received the Grand Prix de la Danse de Montréal for his life's work.


Choreography: Nacho Duato
Music: Hassan Hakmoun, Adam Rudolph, Juan Alberto Arteche, Javier Paxariño, Rabih Abou-Khalil, Velez, Kusur, Sarkissian
"Gnawa" is a masterpiece by Spanish choreographer Nacho Duato, in which he uses the four basic elements – water, earth, fire and air – to depict the multifaceted relationships that inseparably connect humankind with the universe. The choreography contains elements from the ritual dances of the Gnawa people, a mystical brotherhood based in Morocco with religious links to Islam as well as to traditional religions of the African continent.


In 1981, Jirí Kylián engaged Nacho Duato for the Nederlands Dans Theater, first as a dancer and later as a choreographer. Duato created his first work for the ensemble in 1983 and later became the house choreographer. Other stations in his career include artistic director positions in Madrid with the Lyric Theater Ballet and the Compañía Nacional de Danza from 1990 to 2010. He served as the artistic director of ballet for the Mikhailovsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg from 2011 to 2014 and from 2019 to the present. From 2014 to 2018 he was director of the Berlin State Ballet. Duato has received numerous awards for his work, including the Prix Benois and the Golden Mask.

Agora (European premiere)

Choreography: Cassi Abranches
Music: Sebastian Piraces
In her third commissioned work for the São Paulo Dance Company, the young Brazilian choreographer Cassi Abranches explores the concept of time in its different meanings: dynamics and sound in music, memories and expectations in human thoughts and feelings, tempo and intensity in dance. In her new piece "Agora" (Now), Abranches uses suggestive images and movements to convey the vitality of the Latin American spirit and enable a deeper look into the culture of her homeland.


For more than 20 years, Cassi Abranches has dedicated her life to dance, both as a performer and as a choreographer. This has resulted in video productions along with works for the stage and cinema. Her most recent choreographic creations include commissioned works for Grupo Corpo as well as the opening ceremony of the 2016 Paralympics in Rio.