Photograph: Inoah © Kerstin Behrend
Coming from the world of street dance, but also trained in contemporary dance and philosophy, Bruno Beltrão (1979) is a Brazilian choreographer who uses urban dance styles in the context of conceptual theatre and combines various influences, including hip hop, to form abstract choreographic landscapes. In 1996, he created the Grupo de Rua de Niterói with Rodrigo Bernardi, bringing hip hop dance out of the confines of its own definition. His works move between the extremes: meditation, fury, softness, strength, virtuosity, reflection. If one is expecting just one of these aspects, it may come as a deception.