“Bach” and “Gira”: ode to mestizaje

«Bach» et «Gira»: ode au métissage

Photo: José Luiz Pederneiras
“Gira” is inspired by the dances spiritual umbanda, a cult afro-brazilian, which is the result of a syncretism between the catholic religion and rituals of african and indigenous to the Amazon.

They are rare, these companies who manage to transcend the great classics of music and to make the readings memorable. The Brazilian Grupo Corpo, a leader of contemporary dance in their countries, are up to the task in a dual program that jumps from one register to another with an address unstoppable.

Opening the ball, Bach, the work directory created in 1996, seems to have stood the test of time. In this formal set flawless, the dancers will liven up the chants from the baroque of Bach with great enthusiasm. In this room the tables monochrome, slipping in a range of colours black, blue, and gold, the bodies are possessed by the music without being a slave.

Suspended on metal bars like long pendulums, silhouettes to contours of light come down on stage and launch into phrasing that intertwine on a solemn hymn, and the notes of an organ. The light intensifies on the dancers to leotard black ultramoulants stopping above the knee. Their costume showcases their virtuosity, which illustrates a very playful, while their body language is the pride of the place rhythmically on the ground, with the turns the fastest, the developed and lively arabesques modern. Here, the forms ballettiques are trimmed of déhanchés and games of legs to the inflections of samba.

The let’s return with recurrence between the two movements elastic, and where the partners are moving towards the bars to hang various figures and movements. As the duos are gaining in fluidity, while accents of social dance, such as winks to the ballroom dances, there are, allowing a dance to the music unexpected. In a final where their body is in uniform golden look incredible, the performers arrive at the climax of the score, a moment electrifying.

A tribute to the sacred dances

More raw and décorsettée, Gira, piece recent of the company, is inspired by the dances spiritual umbanda, a cult afro-brazilian, which is the result of a syncretism between the catholic religion and rituals of african and indigenous to the Amazon.

On the excellent soundtrack composed by the group of afro-brazilian Meta Meta, the choreography is set to a quarter turn. Arranged in a wide arc of a circle, a dot below their heads, the 22 dancers are hidden under a black veil in tulle. In turn, they burst out of the darkness to take its place at the center of the stage. The bare-chested, a long white skirt around the waist, chain dances that weave the codes of ballet, contemporary, trunks arched, turned towards the ground that switch with flexibility towards the sky. The musicality of movements that embrace the sounds of free jazz-grain rough close to the post-punk charms.

Here, a space is left to the uniqueness of each of the solo where the rhythm fits into the stamps of the feet and the bursts of shoulders. Unique flat, it would have happened some two too agreed in this room, where it is the music that takes possession of the body. An ode respectful to the interbreeding of both the codes of the cultures.

“Bach,” + ” Gira “

Choreography of Rodrigo Pederneiras performed by 22 dancers of the company, Grupo Corpo. Presented by Dance Dance until the 26th of January at Théâtre Maisonneuve.

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