Grupo Corpo - Pieces - Nazareth
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choreography: Rodrigo Pederneiras

music: José Miguel Wisnik (about Ernesto Nazareth’s compositions)

set design: Fernando Velloso

costume design: Freusa Zechmeister

lighting: Paulo Pederneiras

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choreography: Rodrigo Pederneiras

music: José Miguel Wisnik (about Ernesto Nazareth’s compositions)

set design: Fernando Velloso

costume design: Freusa Zechmeister

lighting: Paulo Pederneiras

Nazareth is Corpo’s homage to Brazil’s most erudite song writer, Ernesto Nazareth (1863-1934). The 1993 ballet brought together onto stage the impishly sensual Brazilian ballroom dance and Corpo’s trademark sophistication. Composer José Miguel Wisnik wrote the soundtrack based on the works of Nazareth, the inventor of the “Brazilian tango.” He explored the concept of melodic mirroring to operate retrograde computer-generated movements that are assembled into crystalline surprising musical constructions, absolutely original contemporary recreations of Nazareth’s music. These pieces are commentaries, quotes, and variations on Nazareth’s music that point to a host of new exciting directions. GRUPO CORPO’s remarkable team of creators worked hard to blend the erudite and the popular in this kinetic/visual rendering of Ernesto Nazareth’s genius. Following the original soundtrack, Rodrigo Pederneiras created a mirrored choreography full of equivocal images and scenes that move from side to side, a space treatment that borrows the concept of black-box theatre and slides effortlessly on and off stage through Wisnik’s polkas, chorinhos, and maxixes. In shades of gray, black and white, Freusa Zeichmeister’s costumes have bold lines that border on the futuristic with ornaments that allude to the elegance of the turn of the 19th century. Fernando Velloso’s scenery displays fourteen 5’7’’ three-dimensional roses made of molded metal screen that hang from steel cables, hovering on backstage. In shades of amber and peach, Paulo Pederneiras’s lighting design gives the final touches to the ambience of this post-modern Nazareth which is already a Corpo classic.

nazareth    1993
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