Grupo Corpo Dances Its Past and Future

By Vranish, Jane | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA), January 13, 2018 | Go to article overview

Grupo Corpo Dances Its Past and Future


Vranish, Jane, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)


When Grupo Corpo takes to the Byham Theater stage on Wednesday, it will celebrate both past and present. For over 40 years, the company whose name translates as "Group Body" has been a symbol of Brazilian generosity and ingenuity.

The first of two pieces to be performed represents the troupe's origins and was created for its recent 40th anniversary. "Danca Sinfonica" builds on a history that began with founder and artistic director Paulo Pederneiras in 1975. Grupo Corpo made its debut here for Pittsburgh Dance Council in 2003.

Mr. Pederneiras surrounded himself with family members. The company still boasts choreographer Rodrigo, technical director Pedro, choreographic assistant Miriam and technical co-coordinator Gabriel. As with most families, there are sometimes problems.

"Conflicts had always existed and will go on," said Rodrigo Pederneiras. "But the fact of being a family made us learn how to overcome quickly our conflicts and how to forget it easily."

All of them had a hand in "Danca Sinfonica," which Paulo designed with a memorialist theme. The backdrop features images carefully chosen from more than a thousand photographs contributed by collaborators and influencers.

The score is also a patchwork of new and original music by composer Marco Antonio Guimaraes, a longtime collaborator who has also worked with famed American minimalist Philip Glass. …

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