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

New Creation


by Bruno Beltrão / Grupo de Rua 

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 favour of the ultra-right authoritarianism that the new president Jair Bolsonaro represents from the perspective of international artists and intellectuals.

Bruno Beltrão, a 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 previous piece, “Inoah”, tense like a Thunderstorm 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 contemporary dance principles. His intense choreographies with Grupo de Rua are characterized by physical vehemence and an analytical understanding of music and space. The company’s pulsing energy, bodily presence and high virtuosity cast a spell over audiences worldwide.


CREDITS

Artistic Direction 
Bruno Beltrão 

By and with 
Grupo de Rua

Production 
Grupo de Rua 

in collaboration with 
Something Great

Co-produced by
Künstlerhaus Mousonturm
Festival d’Automne à Paris & Centquatre
Kunstenfestivaldesarts
Wiener Festwochen 
SPRING Performing Arts Festival
Sadler Wells
Kampnagel
Onassis STEGI
Culturgest / Fundação Caixa Geral de Depósitos

Teatro Municipal do Porto
Romaeuropa 
Charleroi Danse 
Le Maillon - Théâtre de Strasbourg

Cité Musicale-Metz

Management and Distribution 
Something Great 

Commissioned by the Künstlerhaus Mousonturm  within the framework of the Alliance of International Production Houses in Germany