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Photos © Kerstin Behrendt, Bruno Beltrão 

Inoah


This is dance you won’t be able to shake from your bones. Street style meets athletic hip-hop in Brazilian choreographer Bruno Beltrão’s intoxicating, heart-stopping, gravity-defying experiment. With almost weightless physicality, the dancers of Grupo de Rua break, hover, and catapult across the stage in a visceral display of tension and release, their bodies propelled in a plea for freedom.

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 abbreviation ofNoNã, which means to taper, because it is a region that narrows when it comes across a very beautiful group of mountains of the region called Serra da Tiririca. (...)

We stayed in this shed in Inoã for six months, and this space was all clo- sed 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 per- sisting, or continued to follow us. I believe these windows are the index of a discomfort. Something that 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 relation-ship 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)


CREDITS

Direction
Bruno Beltrão

Assistant direction
Gilson Nascimento

With
Alci Junior
Bruno Duarte
Eduardo Hermanson
Douglas Felizardo
Guilherme Ferreira
João Chataignier 
Leandro Rodrigues
Leonardo Ciriaco 
Ronielson Araujo “Kapu”
Sid Yon

Light
Renato Machado 

Costumes
Marcelo Sommer

Music
Felipe Storino

Production 
Bruno Beltrão / Grupo de Rua (Niterói - BR)

Coproduction
Kampnagel (Hamburg - DE)
Festival de Marseille (Marseille - FR)
Wiener Festwochen (Vienna - AT) 
Mousonturm (Frankfurt - DE)
Tanzhaus NRW (Düsseldorf - BR) 

With the support of 
BEIRA

International Distribution
Something Great (DE)


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