Photographs: Inoah © Kerstin Behrendt, Bruno Beltrão 


by Bruno Beltrão / Grupo de Rua

A major figure in contemporary dance, Brazilian artist Bruno Beltrão has been developing his own breathtaking choreographic vocabulary since the early 2000s while endeavouring to deconstruct urban dance codes and hip-hop in particular. Deeply rooted in our modern world, Inoah draws its initial impulse from a sentence in a book by French sociologists Marie Poinsot and Serge Weber: “The migrant is a pioneer of an open world.” Based on the figure of the migrant – the cursed soul of our times – Beltrão creates a gobsmacking dance piece. Ten young men occupy the stage, move around alone, in pairs of two or three without ever really becoming a group, as each performer constantly reassesses his relationship with the others, oscillating between the temporary community and raw solitude.

“Inoah is a piece that continues to try to answer old issues important to us: how to dance together from an egocentric vocabulary, how this vocabulary can create other spaces; if there is room for subtlety in urban dances. (...) Inoã is a neighbourhood of Marica, near the city of Niteroi. We tried to find a large space in Niterói, but it was not possible to rent it. Then we found this beautiful space in Inoã, forty minutes from Rio de Janeiro. Inoa comes from the TUPI indigenous language, and there are two main meanings: “high grass”, “high field”. And the other is an abbreviation of NoNã, which means to taper because it is a region that narrows when it comes across a beautiful group of mountains of the area called Serra da Tiririca. (...) We stayed in this shed in Inoã for six months, and this space was all closed with except for these windows, where we could see a piece of a house, a mountain in the background with a telephone antenna, and tangled poles and wires on the other side. An insistent image that ended up persisting, or continued to follow us. I believe these windows are the index of a discomfort. Something that it seems to be there to ask us how our dance communicates with the world. In practice, we all know that there is no creation from scratch and any work is the fruit of the relationship between body and environment. But it seems that we insist on it because it induces us to ask frequently what difference our dance makes to the world. I do not regard these time passage as a metaphor for our political crisis. Or are they... “ - Bruno Beltrão, in conversation with Ewoud Ceulemans (De Morgen)


Bruno Beltrão

Alci Junior
Bruno Duarte
Cleidson De Almeida “Kley”
Douglas Felizardo
Eduardo Hermanson
João Chataignier
Leandro Rodrigues
Leonardo Ciriaco
Ronielson Araujo ‘Kapu’
Igor Martins Andrade

Renato Machado 

Marcelo Sommer

Felipe Storino

Assistant direction
Gilson Nascimento

Grupo de Rua 


Festival de Marseille
Wiener Festwochen
Tanzhaus NRW 

Something Great 

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