© Karla Kalife 

New Creation 2020 

Artist: Bruno Beltrão / Grupo de Rua
Country: Brazil
Genre: Dance 
Year of Creation: 2020

How to stay in movement, when the actual political and social situation in one’s country appears to paralyze everything like a stiff and poisonous fog; when hounding and hatred seem to disunite, split and suffocate freedom and solidarity, equality and democracy? Only gradually a new resistance arises within the Brazilian artistic scene – too big was the people’s vote in favor of the ultra-right authoritarianism that the new president Jair Bolsonaro represents from the perspective of international artists and intellectuals. The new government also prepares harsh cuts in funding of arts, cultural education and all kinds of critical work. 

Bruno Beltrão, worldwide celebrated Brazilian choreographer for the last 20 years, was not surprised by the radical shift to the right and the newly sprouted fascist movements in Brazil and elsewhere: Already his last piece, “Inoah”, tense like a Thunder storm night, seemed to negotiate indissoluble conflicts and violent social contradictions in a nearly pleading manner; as an urban battle between encounter and confrontation, aggression and excess, hostility, solidarity and mutuality. Just as William Forsythe once revolutionized ballet, Beltrão revolutionized HipHop – through interweaving styles and postures of Urban Dance with principles of Contemporary Dance. Part of his movement vocabulary are fast changes in dynamics, high jumps, head spins and summersaults, fast kicks and twirling twists. His intense choreographies with Grupo de Rua are characterized by physical vehemence and an analytic understanding of music and space. The company’s pulsing energy, bodily presence and high virtuosity cast a spell over audiences all over the world.


A production

Bruno Beltrão/Grupo de Rua 

Management & Distribution
Something Great (Berlin - DE)

in co-production with
Künstlerhaus Mousonturm (Frankfurt - DE)
Festival d’Automne à Paris  (Paris - FR)
KunstenfestivaldesArts (Brussels - BE)
Wiener Festwochen (Vienna - AT)
Sadler Wells (London - UK)
SPRING Festival (Utrecht - NL)
Kampnagel (Hamburg - DE)
Romaeuropa  (Rome - IT)
Hellerau (Dresden - DE)
Culturgest (Lisbon - PT)
Teatro Municipal do Porto (Porto -PT)
Charleroi Danse (Charleroi - BE)
Le Maillon (Strasbourg - FR)
Arsenal (Metz - FR) 

Funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media of Germany within the framework of the Alliance of International Production Houses, and in the frame of Tanzplattform Rhein-Main, a cooperation project of Hessisches Staatsballett and Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, by Kulturfonds Frankfurt RheinMain, the Department of Culture and Science of the City of Frankfurt/Main, the Hessian Ministry for Science and the Arts and the alliance of foundations [Aventis Foundation, BHF-BANK-Stiftung, Crespo Foundation, Dr. Marschner-Stiftung, Stiftung Polytechnische Gesellschaft Frankfurt am Main].