Question and Answer Session
A Grupo Corpo performance is a microcosm of Brazil itself: exuberant and rhythmic, proudly multicultural and infused with an indomitable, infectious spirit. Their wholly original style joins modern movement with the complexity of Afro- Brazilian dance, captivating audiences with stunning physicality, dynamic staging and the wonders of Brazilian rhythms. The ensemble presents two pieces in their Mondavi Center appearance.
Ímã, inspired by the laws of magnetism and set to an electronic score warmed by the sounds of the ocarina and cuîca drum, samples the kinetic shimmy and bounce of the Lindy Hop. Awash in color and light, prismatic group dances give way to solos, pairs and new groups, continuously repelling and attracting and lifting one another aloft.
Based on Sea of Vigo, the 13th-century song cycle by Martin Codax, Sem Mim draws on stories of maidens weeping in the absence of their lovers and professing their sorrows to the sea. The dancers, dressed in tattooed unitards and propelled by the rhythmic score, play with the interchange of calm and fury, like the ebb and flow of ocean waves.