grupo corpo

Thursday, October 18, 2012, 8:00 pm
Friday, October 19, 2012, 8:00 pm
Bass Concert Hall

Part of the 2012-2013 Texas Performing Arts Season

Paulo Pederneiras, artistic director

Presented in partnership with the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies, the Department of Theatre and Dance, and L Style G Style

ArtesAméricas Performance

By popular demand, Texas Performing Arts presents the two-evening return of Brazil’s world-renowned dance company, Grupo Corpo. If you witnessed their 2009 performance at Bass Concert Hall, you can attest to the passion, beauty, and originality of this company.

Founded in 1975 by brothers Rodrigo (Choreographer), Paulo (Artistic Director), and Pedro (Technical Director) Pederneiras in the city of Belo Horizonte, Grupo Corpo (literally “Body Group”) and their work are a true melting pot of cultural and artistic influences. Their compelling style grafts the pliancy of modern dance and rhythmic complexity of Afro-Brazilian dance onto ballet, captivating audiences with stunningly sexy physicality, dynamic ability, and rich visual finesse.

For this Austin engagement, Grupo Corpo’s selections include music by + 2 (Moreno, Domenico, Kassin) and Carlos Núñes and José Miguel Wisnik (based on works by Martín Codax).

“Brazil’s leading ambassadors of contemporary dance…showing off the superb skills of the dancers, arguably the best on the planet.”


Community Happenings: Brazilian Film Series: 30 years of Grupo Corpo: A Brazilian Family
Running Time: 77 minutes
• Tuesday 10/09/12
• 7:00 pm
• North Village, Austin Public Library / 2505 Steck Avenue
To commemorate 30 years of their founding, Grupo Corpo – one of the most celebrated dance companies in the country – created a new ballet, Ongotô, with music by Caetano Veloso and José Miguel Wisnik. The documentary presents a delicate portrait of a (Pederneiras) family committed to joining entertainment and artistic exploration, based on their Brazilian roots, while always seeking a universal language. Featuring testimonials from artists and critics from across the globe.
Following the film, a short Q&A will be facilitated by Joe Randel, Director of ArtesAméricas at Texas Performing Arts, The University of Texas at Austin.

Community Happenings: North Village’s Café au Lit Book Club
• Tuesday 10/16/12
• 7:00 pm
• North Village, Austin Public Library / 2505 Steck Avenue
A short overview of Brazilian literature will be provided.

Pre-Performance Lecture
• Thursday 10/18/12
• 7:00 pm
• Bass Concert Hall Lobby
Fernando Lara, Associate Professor, School of Architecture, is a Brazilian architect with degrees from the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil and the University of Michigan. His interests revolve around Latin American 20th century architecture.
Leticia Marteleto, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, has degrees from the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil and the University of Michigan. She has consulted for organizations, including the United Nations and the Brazilian Ministries of Education and Social Development.

Community Happenings: Music Program Featuring Paul Sonnenberg, Frederico Geib, and Frank Almendra
• Saturday 10/20/12
• 2:00 pm
• North Village, Austin Public Library / 2505 Steck Avenue

Community Happenings: Brazilian Film Series: Four Days in September
Running Time: 110 minutes
• Wednesday 10/24/12
• 6:30 pm
• North Village, Austin Public Library / 2505 Steck Avenue
Revolutionaries kidnap the U.S. ambassador to Brazil and demand the release of political prisoners in 1969. Based on actual events.
Speaker: Jason Borge, Associate Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese.
Co-sponsored by the Austin Public Library and The University of Texas Humanities Institute

NEW PARKING INFORMATION: Please be aware when you come to the performance that UT parking signage has changed. All surface lots on the UT campus require a UT parking permit after 5:45pm. ADA parking is still available on Robert Dedman Drive. Patrons are advised to pay to park in university parking garages or LBJ surface lots. Please read signs carefully.

Parking for all Texas Performing Arts events is available through UT Parking and Transportation and can be purchased in advance at a reduced rate here.

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