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Bach & Gira

 
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Jan 31—Feb 2, 2019
 
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Grupo Corpo
Choreography by Rodrigo Pederneiras

“It is the sheer physical virtuosity of the company that is so impressive—the sinuous, athletic bodies seemingly inexhaustible.”
—The Guardian (UK)

Brazil’s leading contemporary dance troupe Grupo Corpo returns to BAM with two wildly different works that showcase the 21-member group’s extraordinary range and choreographer Rodrigo Pederneiras’ mastery of ballet, modern, and Afro-Brazilian dance idioms.

First, Pederneiras renders the baroque beautifully modern in Bach, a buoyant exercise in the disconnect between seeing and hearing. As dancers clad in gold, black, and regal blue drop from enormous organ pipes, Marco Antônio Guimarães’ score reveals and reimagines the richness of Bach’s compositions. Then, the ensemble transports us to its home country with Gira, featuring a soundtrack by São Paulo band Metá Metá. Inspired by the rites of Umbanda, one of the most widely practiced Brazil-born religions, this new work animates gestures of praise and worship, resulting in an explosion of movement that is unmistakably Brazilian.

Bach
Music by Marco Antônio Guimarães (inspired by J. S. Bach’s work)
Set design by Fernando Velloso & Paulo Pederneiras
Costume design by Freusa Zechmeister
Lighting design by Paulo Pederneiras

Gira
Music by Metá Metá
Set design Paulo Pederneiras
Costume design by Freusa Zechmeister
Lighting design by Paulo Pederneiras and Gabriel Pederneiras

leadership support for dance bam provided by: harkness foundation for dance
support for the signature artist series provided by: howard gilman foundation
 
 
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