Grupo Corpo - Pieces - 21
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choreography: Rodrigo Pederneiras

music: Marco Antonio Guimarães / UAKTI

set design: Fernando Velloso

costume design: Freusa Zechmeister

lighting: Paulo Pederneiras

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choreography: Rodrigo Pederneiras

music: Marco Antonio Guimarães / UAKTI

set design: Fernando Velloso

costume design: Freusa Zechmeister

lighting: Paulo Pederneiras

Created in 1992, 21 was a turning point in GRUPO CORPO’s career after a decade of dancing to pre-existing music. Not only did they now dance to music written exclusively for them – they had done it before early on in the hits Maria, Maria and Último Trem (both soundtracks by Milton Nascimento and Fernando Brant), but they also established that this was to become a house rule. It allowed Rodrigo Pederneiras to start building an extensive choreographic vocabulary with markedly Brazilianist inflexions that would become one of the company’s trademarks. A web of combinations of rhytmns and tonalities around the number 21 were written on geometric scores specially created by Marco Antônio Guimarães – the artistic director of Uakti Instrumental Workshop and designer of the unconventional instruments that give them their unique sound. This music was used by Rodrigo Pederneiras for a choreography that pulsed with mathematical flavor and was the strongest and most instigating CORPO ballet so far. Through multiple repetitions of movement it reproduced the downward scale from 21 to 1; then it built eight small choreographic haikus; and finally it reached its climax at the end in a colorful infectiously enthusiastic number that alluded to Brazilian folk dances and countryside parties. The reds of downstage lights and the yellows of dancers’ costumes built up a tension that set the tone for the first part of the ballet while a gigantic quilt full of vibrant colors anticipated the climactic end, with skin-tight costumes alluding to the scenery’s patchwork.

21    1992
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