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PostPosted: Wed Nov 06, 2002 11:52 am 
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Grupo Corpo "O Corpo" Video Clip</a>

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My company provides transportation for Grupo Corpo, (in America) and other companies too and I can tell you that this is one great group of people. They are very nice offstage and very respectful and thoughtful. It is not wonder that they are so liked and respected and successful. Right now they are in Montreal, Canada. :)

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Yes, I know they're in Montreal, I'm really looking forward to seeing them on Thursday night. :)


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Fantastic, I wish I could go, but my twin flame will be there! Maybe you might meet him accidently.


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Marie, look for a man carrying a ballet video (he will be wearing a black leather jacket) in the lobby tomorrow night. The video is for you if you can find him. Wish I could be there too. Enjoy the show!


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 15, 2002 11:24 am 
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And what a show it was! I have a review on the go, but if you have the chance to see this company I highly recommend them. The works presented had some really great dancing.

Philip Szporer - Hour Magazine, 2002/11/14:
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Lucky numbers
Brazilian troupe Grupo Corpo groups cultures into colourful equations


The end result is that Grupo Corpo will seduce you with excellent dancing and get you warmed up - a great seasonal pick-me-up.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 15, 2002 11:08 pm 
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Groupo Corpo

"21" & "O Corpo"

Théâtre Maisonneuve, Place des Arts
Montréal, Québec

November 14, 2002

Brazil's Grupo Corpo took the Montréal audience on a marvellous journey on Thursday night. It was a delicious excursion, travelling far, far away from the grey winter that has been slowly enveloping the city, winding its way down to the balmy climes south of the equator. Like warm ocean surf, Grupo Corpo's works wash over you in inviting waves. Judging from the suppleness and the close to 180' extensions exhibited by many of the company's dancers, one has the feeling that if you're looking to join the company only those with a solid ballet base need apply. The choreography is decidedly contemporary but it demands dancers that are ultra flexible and can really cover space - that includes the men and the women on both counts.

21 was the first work on the roster for the evening. Choreographed in 1992 by Rodrigo Pedereinas, it's a lively examination of mathematical patterns with a distinctly Brazilian flavour. It opens with sixteen dancers on stage, all in long sleeved yellow unitards with the women's hair twisted up into little Björkesque topknots. The dancers undulate and ripple along to a cheerful musical score marked by the bright notes of a xylophone. The endless repetition of syncopated phrases lulls you into thinking that the work is going to be technically simple in scope, but it's soon apparent that there is an significant amount of complexity. The dancers go from phrases of small confined gestures to large expansive movements with speed and focus. I only noticed one tiny error, and the dancer seemed to realize it as she was doing it, holding a half a count to get back into synch with the group. This is the kind of work where your brain has to be working as hard as your body or you'll be in trouble in no time flat.

The partnering that happens in 21 is explosive. The airtime of the dancers thrown into the air is punctuated by their partners stretching the moment of catching them against the beat of the music. This leaves one with the impression that the time spent aloft is a breath longer than seems possible and it's particularly effective because so much of the previous choreography is performed in sync with the pulse of the score. Another instance of one of the many inventive displays of timing that occur in 21 comes to the forefront in a section that has a group of dancers in yellow moving from stage right to stage left with a single dancer in green moving against the flow in the opposite direction. When the lone dancer reaches her end point at the side of the stage the group speeds up to double time moving in reverse to their initial positions. It's very clever and it's not only surprising but amusing as well.

The final section of 21 has the dancers clad in bright colours juxtaposed against a back panel of vibrantly painted quilting. When the dancers move full out in this section, it's intoxicating. Though they are all extremely proficient and talented no one stands out as the star - it's a jubilant celebration of ensemble work that takes precedence.

O Corpo was choreographed in 2000 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the company. The punchy opening sequence is punctuated by a pattern of flashing red lights on the back syc wall. The dancers are costumed in punky black leos with shirred shorts and tops that have stray threads which bob and sway as heads jut and thrust sharply and torsos move in opposition to dynamic shifts of weight. The choreography is gymnastic at times, bouncing right along with Arnoldo Antunes' brilliant rhythmic score. A small dancer who has curled herself into a ball is manoeuvred across the stage by her partner who moves sideways like a crab, hoisting and thrusting his tiny cohort along with him. At one point the men, lying on the floor, shoot into the air by whipping their legs upward, suspending in diagonal handstands before retreating back to the ground.

O Corpo has some very mesmerizing segments. You find yourself being inextricably absorbed in the trancelike landscape of languid, fluid bodies. One section has three women moving upstage in tandem in a series of long rippling movements that flow from side to side, back and forth across the stage. It becomes hypnotizing watching the continually repeated sequence. A square of light follows them from behind, expounding on the spellbinding effect. There is little else to do but be drawn in.

It's unfortunate that the ending doesn't have quite the same oomph as the beginning. Through no fault of the dancers, it loses a little of it's choreographic power and seems to peter out. I would have liked to see a return of some of the spark that accompanied the beginning of the work, along with the red flashing lights.

Grupo Corpo is a charming company of energetic dancers. The works presented were pure movement without any heavy subtext, but they were certainly full of life. While light in subject matter, they do achieve a mandate of entertaining and captivating their audience. This show will most definitely be remembered as one of the hits of the season.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 16, 2002 2:19 pm 
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VICTOR SWOBODA - Montreal, Canada.com, November 16, 2002:

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Samba's in the blood
Grupo Corpo at PDA. Classically trained dancers know how to bust a move


Classically trained dancers who can also dance a mean samba. Only in Brazil, you say? Pity.

Sometimes the speed of the action was blinding, and too many bodies were flying to see the whole as anything but a vast tableau. This was excitement after the Brazilian fashion - Formula One racing and Mardi Gras festival combined. It wasn't mayhem, though. Pedermeiras used some strict laws of choreographic physics to keep his tornado from spinning aimlessly.
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Paula Citron reviews Grupo Corpo's performance at Premiere Dance Theatre in Toronto on Tuesday, March 4, 2003. Performances continue through Saturday, March 8:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/ArticleNews/TPStory/LAC/20030306/RVCORP


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In the Seattle Times, Moira Macdonald reviews the opening night performance of Grupo Corpo's sold-out three-night run at the University of Washington's Meany Hall in Seattle:

http://archives.seattletimes.nwsource.com/cgi-bin/texis.cgi/web/vortex/display?slug=grupo24&date=20031121


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Let’s get ready to samba
By Donald Hutera for The Times


Years ago I met a young man from Brazil. Asked what he hoped to do with his life, the reply was immediate: “To live on the beach.” Given that he came from a privileged family, he could probably afford to do just that.

In retrospect this handsome charmer embodied what is stereotypically identified as a pleasure culture: Brazil as land of samba, soccer and sun.

The bigger picture is, of course, less prepossessing. Brazil is riddled with social, political and environmental problems. However, in marked contrast to UK citizens, Brazilians possess an innate understanding of how to move freely and sensually. It’s like a birthright.

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by SANJOY ROY for the Guardian

"Everything that arrives here," continues Rodrigo, "is, to a certain extent, assimilated."

"Digest, incorporate and return in a different form," says Paulo. "This is a Brazilian way."

published: April 11, 2005
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by ZOE ANDERSON for the Independent

One man shuffles across the stage, one hop at a time, with a small woman wrapped round one of his arms. Another group lies on the floor, pushing themselves up with repeated frog-legged kicks.

That's really it: the soundtrack grunts and the dancers bounce.

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The dancers move as beautifully in pairs as they do individually. But while they nominally reflect the differences in the lyrics ..., stylistically and musically, the duets are all cut from the same cloth.

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by CLEMENT CRISP for the Financial Times

The only thing is to shut your eyes and listen to the Lecuona songs, sung with adorable sensibility and no less adorable vocal skill by un-named but blissfully gifted women (and a fine tenor). The programme book lists neither songs nor singers, but I am going in quest of these Lecuona recordings as soon as I can.

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Grupo Corpo
By Donald Hutera for The Times


STILL going strong after three decades, Grupo Corpo from Brazil is one of four international companies touring the UK in 2005 under the auspices of the Dance Consortium. In May and June this organisation of 19 large-scale British venues hosts the French-Algerian hip-hop troupe Compagnie Kafig, followed by the youthful Nederlands Dans Theater 2. The season ends in the autumn with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

But first comes Corpo (Portuguese for “body”) on its first British visit in five years. The 20 well-trained bodies in its highly contrasting double bill are fabulously fit and put on sometimes flagrant display.

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