Grupo Corpo (Brazil)
Thu. Feb. 25 • Available 5pm
Fri. Feb. 26 • All Day
Sat. Feb. 27 • All Day
Sun. Feb. 28 • Ends 10pm
Parabelo – corruption of parabélum, German made automatic pistol. From the Latin ‘Sivis pacem para bellum’ – ‘If you wish peace, be prepared for war.”
Regional, contemporary, Brazilian, universal. Choreographer Rodrigo Pederneiras calls Parabelo “the most Brazilian and the most regional” of all of his creations. This single ballet of insurmountable beauty is a scenic, genuinely Brazilian interpretation of the nine themes of Zé and Wisnik’s soundtrack of the same name, blending references to traditional Portuguese dance (xaxado) and Brazilian dance (baião). It is mulatto, carafuz, mameluke. It’s mestizo, it’s Brazilian. It is the sun hitting hard on the leather hats and on the dry earth. It smells of sweat and of hard work and of pleasant, pleasurable perspiration. It sounds like a lazy, relaxed forró, a working chant, grievance. It is penetrating and shiny. It is parabelo.
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Created in 2015, to commemorate Grupo Corpo’s 40th anniversary, Dança Sinfônica is a recreation of memories of Rodrigo Pederneiras’ best representations of a whole vocabulary of movements, written over 30 years of residence as the company’s choreographer.
Showcasing the company’s stylistic range and performed to music by the Philharmonic Orchestra of Minas Gerais, Dança Sinfônica is cascading lyricism, woven with references to characters and eras that, on or off the stage, have marked the history of Grupo Corpo. The tapestry of memories lends highly charged emotions to the work, reaching a climax in an exquisite pas-de-deux spiral, reputed by its creator as among the best that he has ever worked on.
“A delectable blend of polished technical precision and juicy, loose-limbed muscularity.” BOSTON GLOBE