Danca Sinfonica by Grupo Corpo. Photo: Jose Luiz Pederneiras

Grupo Corpo

Parabelo

Dança Sinfônica

  • Thur. 5pm until Sun. 10pm

Virtual Home Season

  • Brazil
  • Paulo Pederneiras
  • Rodrigo Pederneiras
  • Act 1: 42 min | Act 2: 42 min

Regional, contemporary, Brazilian, universal. Choreographer Rodrigo Pederneiras calls Parabelothe 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.

Parabelo – corruption of parabélum, German made automatic pistol. From the Latin ‘Sivis pacem para bellum’ – ‘If you wish peace, be prepared for war.”


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

Parabelo

  • 1997
  • Rodrigo Pederneiras
  • Tom Zé, José Miguel Wisnik
  • Fernando Velloso + Paulo Pederneiras
  • Paulo Pederneiras
  • Freusa Zechmeister
Preview of Parabelo

Dança Sinfônica

  • 2015
  • Rodrigo Pederneiras
  • Marco Antônio Guimarães
  • Paulo Pederneiras
  • Paulo Pederneiras + Gabriel Pederneiras
  • Freusa Zechmeister
Preview of Dança Sinfônica

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