Virtual Home Season: Bringing the World’s Best Dance to Your Home
Thu. Feb. 25 • Available 5pm
Sun. Feb. 28 • Ends 5pm
Sat. Feb. 27 • WATCH PARTY
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
Season sponsor: Derma Spa
Everything you need to know to access the secure Vimeo presentation and attend the Zoom watch party.
Download the program notes for complete casting, synopsis, company insights and more.
Dance company members in conversation with University of Victoria’s Acting Dean of Fine Arts, Dr. Allana Lindgren.
Saturday, February 27
Join fellow community members for a Zoom watch party followed by a facilitated conversation about what we’ve just seen.
Watch a recorded message from our Lead Sponsor.
We’ll share a recipe and demo so you can make your own signature cocktail inspired by Grupo Corpo’s performances.
Discounts/coupons offered by our incredible sponsors who own amazing businesses and services in our community.
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