12 — 17.05.2022
Over the course of the last two decades Bruno Beltrão has revolutionized Hip Hop by interweaving styles and postures of Urban Dance with contemporary dance principles. His choreographies, with Grupo de Rua, are characterized by a physical vehemence and an analytical understanding of music and space. The company’s pulsing energy and high virtuosity have cast a spell over audiences worldwide. But how to stay in movement, when the current political and social situation in one’s country appears to paralyze everything; when hounding and hatred seem to disunite, split and suffocate freedom and solidarity, equality and democracy? With his new creation, Beltrão is reflecting on and protesting against the radical shift to the right and the newly sprouted fascist movements in Brazil and elsewhere. His previous performance Inoah, presented at Kunstenfestivaldesarts 2018, already seemed to predict this societal shift. The movement material negotiated indissoluble conflicts and violent social contradictions in a nearly pleading manner; as an urban battle between solidarity and excess. Now he returns to the festival with his new creation to make a vibrant statement about the necessity of resistance and movement in a society in the grip of conservative forces.
Due to positive Covid-19 tests in the team, the new creation by Bruno Beltrão / Grupo de Rua on the 12 May 2022 has to be postponed to Saturday 14 May at 3pm. Your tickets remain valid for this new date. Ticket holders have received more info by email. Info and refund via email@example.com or +32 (0)2 210 87 37.
“Does what we create now already have all the signs of the turbulence that is happening around us? Or do we still have to refine our work to be more engaged, to be more political?”
- Bruno Beltrão, The New York Times, 29.10.2019
How to stay in movement, when the actual political and social situation in one’s country appears to paralyze everything like a stiff and poisonous fog; when hounding and hatred seem to disunite, split and suffocate freedom and solidarity, equality and democracy? Only gradually a new resistance arises within the Brazilian artistic scene.
Bruno Beltrão, worldwide celebrated Brazilian choreographer for the last 20 years, was not surprised by the radical shift to the right and the newly sprouted fascist movements in Brazil and elsewhere: already his last piece, Inoah, tense like a thunder storm night, seemed to negotiate indissoluble conflicts and violent social contradictions in a nearly pleading manner; as an urban battle between encounter and confrontation, aggression and excess, hostility, solidarity and mutuality. Just as William Forsythe once revolutionized ballet, Beltrão revolutionized hip hop through interweaving styles and postures of Urban Dance with principles of Contemporary Dance. Part of his movement vocabulary are fast changes in dynamics, high jumps, head spins and summersaults, fast kicks and twirling twists. His intense choreographies with Grupo de Rua are characterized by physical vehemence and an analytic understanding of music and space. The company’s pulsing energy, bodily presence and high virtuosity cast a spell over audiences all over the world.
Presentation: Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Charleroi danse
Artistic Direction: Bruno Beltrão | Assistant direction: Gilson Cruz | With: Wallyson Amorim, Camila Dias, Renann Fontoura, Eduardo Hermanson, Alci Junior, Silvia Kamyla, Ronielson Araújo ’Kapu’, Leonardo Laureano, Antonio Carlos Silva | Lights: Renato Machado | Music: Lucas Marcier / ARPX | Electrical: Sineir | Set Design: Anderson Dias | Costumes: Marcelo Sommer
Production: Grupo de Rua in collaboration with Something Great | Coproduction: Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Festival d’Automne à Paris and Centquatre, Wiener Festwochen, SPRING Performing Arts Festival, Sadler Wells, Kampnagel, Onassis STEGI, Culturgest, Teatro Municipal do Porto, Romaeuropa, Charleroi danse, Le Maillon – Théâtre de Strasbourg, Cité Musicale-Metz | Distribution: Something Great
Commissioned by the Künstlerhaus Mousonturm within the framework of the German Alliance of International Production Houses
Supported by Goethe Institut