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January 01, 2018

DANCECleveland and Tri-C Present Brazilian Sensation Grupo Corpo at the Ohio Theatre January 20-21 "High-Voltage" Company Performs Works Created to Celebrate Their 40th Anniversary

"This astonishingly versatile Brazilian troupe (is) trained to pirouette as expertly as they

can samba or shimmy, and the steps seem to pour out of their sleek, supple limbs with

unstoppable force." The Guardian

DANCECleveland and Tri-C Present Brazilian Sensation

Grupo Corpo at the Ohio Theatre January 20-21

"High-Voltage" Company Performs Works Created to Celebrate Their 40th Anniversary

CLEVELAND (November __, 2017) DANCECleveland and Cuyahoga Community College present the unstoppable force of Brazilian sensation Grupo Corpo at the Ohio Theatre in Playhouse Square on Saturday, January 20 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, January 21, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. Renowned for their "fizzy, high-voltage dance" (The New York Times), the company performs the heralded pieces Sute Branca (2015) and Dana Sinfnica (2015), which were created to celebrate Grupo Corpo's 40th anniversary.

Tickets, starting at $25, can be purchased at or call 216-241-6000 or visit the Playhouse Square ticket office at 1501 Euclid Avenue in Cleveland.

"We're thrilled to bring Grupo Corpo to Northeast Ohio," said DANCECleveland Executive Director Pam Young. "Their style and energy have been delighting audiences worldwide since 1975."

"One of the fittest, sexiest dance groups on the planet." The Stage (London)

For over 40 years Grupo Corpo ("Body Group") has been a family affair. Paulo Pederneiras, the artistic director, designs the lighting and sets; Rodrigo Pederneiras, his brother, is in charge of the choreography, which layers ballet, modern dance and Afro-Brazilian movement into a propulsive sweep. Together their works feature highly skilled performers in a dazzling concoction of dance, music and visual arts and an innovatively seamless blend of Brazilian dance traditions with western modern styles.

The company has gone through a number of artistic and stylistic permutations over the years. But one consistency in their work is the ability to incorporate traditional and modern Brazilian influences samba, capoeira, xaxado, Afro-Brazilian, as well as ballet and ballroom dance into contemporary, athletic dance.

Since its inception in 1975 Grupo Corpo has become a global sensation, performing 80 shows a year around the world including Iceland, South Korea, the United States, Lebanon, Canada, Italy, Singapore, the Netherlands, Israel, France, Japan and Mexico, among others. In 2016 they performed at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro to national and international acclaim.

"How these Brazilian dancers move! They slink and they shimmy, spin and snap-kick, go into slow languorous prowls and undulations or . . . they ratchet up the energy in a flurry of flicking limbs

and slick, precise footwork." The Herald (Edinburgh)

Hailed as "a contemporary dance of epic proportions" (CriticalDance), Sute Branca features choreography by former Grupo Corpo dancer Cassi Abranches and an instrumental score by Samuel Rosa the vocalist, guitarist, composer and leader of Skank, one of Brazil's best-known pop rock bands.

Dressed in white from start to finish, moving across milky linoleum against a backdrop that gradually reveals the peaks and valleys of a giant glacier, the dancers use undulating arms and hips, pendular movements, suspensions, and floor work to seemingly defy gravity.

Abranches, a Grupo Corpo dancer from 2001 to 2013, is only the second person to choreograph for the company since Rodrigo Pederneiras took residence in 1981. She has collaborated with the So Paulo Dance Company, the Brazilian Youth Bolshoi Company, the SESC Dance Company and the Palace of Arts Youth Ballet, among others.

Dana Sinfnica, a celebration of Grupo Corpo's four decade history, was created to elicit and embrace memories. The theme, proposed by artistic director and scenographer Paulo Pederneiras, has Rodrigo Pederneiras reviving his vocabulary of movements, written over 34 years as the company's choreographer.

Photographs from the company's history, which create a mosaic reflecting the daily lives of the artistic and technical team members, adorn a panel covering the entire backdrop of the stage.

The score for Dana Sinfnica, by Marco Antnio Guimares, a five-time collaborator with the company, presents a set of themes interpreted by the Philharmonic Orchestra of Minas Gerais evoking sections of previous pieces. The dance has a cascading lyricism that has marked the history of Grupo Corpo and results in a subtle and balanced collection of how memories shape our view of the present.

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About DANCECleveland: DANCECleveland, a Cleveland, Ohio based non-profit, is one of a handful of presenters in the nation that is dedicated solely to the presentation of modern and contemporary dance. The centerpiece of the organization's programming is its annual performance series. The performances are surrounded by an array of educational outreach events including artist-run master classes, residency programs, student matinees, pre-performance lectures and post-performance Q&A sessions, designed both to break artistic boundaries and provide community access to the dance aesthetic and dance luminaries that DANCECleveland brings to Northeast Ohio.

DANCECleveland's 2017-2018 Season is generously supported by:

DANCECleveland is also generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.

The Ohio Arts Council helped fund DANCECleveland with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.

The George Gund Foundation and The George W. Codrington Foundation

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