Tonight at the Schnitz, Grupo Corpo. This is the kind of dance company that I don't see often, and I am excited about it. Here, you have that special balance of work presenting tradtions across the globe, it is a confluence of ballet, contemporary dance, and the myriad Brazilian traditions that are the repertoire of Grupo Corpo, and thirty-three years from lead choreographer, Rodrigo Pederneiras’. This is not only observed for the movement, but also the music. The newest piece to be performed, entitled imã (2009), includes a soundtrack, composed by + 2 | Moreno, Domenico, Kassin, with a wide range of diverse instruments – guitar and ocarina, or synth and cuíca – revealing influences that range from bossanovista João Donato to ‘70s afro-music icon Fela Kuti to contemporary Japanese multi-instrumentalist Cornelius. Moods and dynamics range thus, from emotional and somber, to party time!
The performance will be presented by Whitebird at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall tonight at 7:30pm. Tickets are still available at PCPA. Look out for my review of the show immediately following the performance.