Photographs: Inoah, 2017 © Karla Kalife / Bruno Beltrão © Grupo de Rua

New Creation


Artist: Bruno Beltrão
Country: Brazil
Type: 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. 

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 Hip Hop – 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.

CREDITS

Artistic Direction 
Bruno Beltrão 

By and with 
Grupo de Rua

Production 
Grupo de Rua 

Management & Distribution
Something Great

in co-production with
Künstlerhaus Mousonturm
Festival d’Automne à Paris 
KunstenfestivaldesArts
Wiener Festwochen
Sadler Wells
SPRING Festival
Kampnagel
Mercat de les Flors

Culturgest 
Teatro Municipal do Porto
Onassis STEGI
Romaeuropa 
Charleroi Danse 
Le Maillon 
Arsenal Metz / Festival Passages

Commissioned by the Künstlerhaus Mousonturm within the framework of the German Alliance of International Production Houses.