Magazine article Dance Magazine

From the Streets of Brazil: Grupo Cte Rua De Niteroi Touches Down in the U.S

Magazine article Dance Magazine

From the Streets of Brazil: Grupo Cte Rua De Niteroi Touches Down in the U.S

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Bruno Beltrao's power-packed dance company, Grupo de Rua de Niteroi, injects a new urban energy into Brazil and beyond. Like beautiful but wild graffiti, Beltrao's special brand of hip hop is physical and aggressive, with strains of capoeira and lyrical movement. While GRN has performed in more than two dozen countries, the company comes to the U.S. this month for the first time.

This is not your typical hip hop choreography. Beltrao blurs boundaries by using surprising choices of music, from pulsating, electronic rhythms to silence. Beltrao, who took dance and philosophy classes at the University of Rio de Janeiro, uses improvisation to create his works. In rehearsal, a camera is always on, capturing improvised movement that can be turned into choreography.

"Bruno is always looking for something new on top of the things that are already new," says GRN dancer Kleberson dos Santos Goncalves. "This

is very demanding on us, and especially for Bruno, who has to put together this puzzle with the pieces we supply. We are always searching for a way to occupy space differently." And they have chosen different kinds of spaces to occupy, including outdoor spaces as well as in traditional theaters, on college campuses and in urban centers.

Beltrao's role as one of Brazil's loudest voices in hip hop began in his native Niteroi, a city near Rio de Janeiro, where he was first a gymnast and a soccer player. At 13 he became interested in dance through the city's clubs and through the music videos of MC Hammer, Michael Jackson, and Salt-N-Pepa. …

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