The rhythms of Rio

Grupo Corpo mixes ballet with Latin rhythms
Grupo Corpo mixes ballet with Latin rhythms
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Audiences will be sambaing in the aisles when Brazil’s internationally acclaimed dance company Grupo Corpo bound on to the Mayflower Theatre stage as part of the Dance Consortium UK tour.

With a history stretching back nearly 40 years, Grupo Corpo’s dancers combine the precision of classical ballet with the sensuality and passion of Latin dance rhythms.

Grupo Corpo translates as Group Body, reflecting the movement style of the dancers, who co-ordinate seamlessly together in their performances.

Founded in 1975 by Artistic Director Paolo Pederneiras, choreographer Rodrigo Pederneiras and Technical Director Pedro Pederneiras, Grupo Corpo has attracted praise from both critics and audiences for reinventing classical ballet as an exuberant and rhythmic dance form.

The company has created 35 choreographies and given more than 2,200 performances to date. Grupo Corpo maintains ten ballets in its repertoire and gives 70 performances a year.

Grupo Corpo has toured around the world, to countries including Iceland, South Korea, the United States, Lebanon, Italy, Singapore, the Netherlands, Israel, France, Japan, Canada, Mexico and the UK.

The Mayflower Theatre presents two pieces in each of Grupo Corpo’s shows choreographed by Rodrigo Pederneiras.

Parabelo is inspired by life in rural Brazil. The piece was created in 1997 and features movements of peace and stillness as well as raucous Brazilian carnival energy.

In contrast Sem Mim is beautifully melancholic and is set to a 13th century Portuguese song cycle. The dancers move as waves; the ebb and flow of their bodies mimicking the calm and fury of the sea.

Tickets for Grupo Corpo (Tuesday and Wednesday at 7.30pm) priced £16.50-£19.50 are on sale now.

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