Grupo Corpo - Pieces - Santagustin
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capa_santagustin

choreography: Rodrigo Pederneiras

music: Tom Zé and Gilberto Assis

set design: Paulo Pederneiras and Fernando Velloso

costume design: Ronaldo Fraga

lighting: Paulo Pederneiras

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choreography: Rodrigo Pederneiras

music: Tom Zé and Gilberto Assis

set design: Paulo Pederneiras and Fernando Velloso

costume design: Ronaldo Fraga

lighting: Paulo Pederneiras

Giving in to the temptations of lust, vis-à-vis the stubborn and intolerant fight against the pleasure of the flesh. The tension between these two extremes marks the existence of philosopher and religious Aurélio Agostinho ( 354 -  430), also known as Saint Augustine, from the pantheon of Catholicism. This served as a starting point for composer Tom Zé to write the original soundtrack for Santagustin, the latest ballet of Grupo Corpo, out in 2002.    

The friction produced by these opposing forces interested Rodrigo Pederneiras who adopted Love, with all its contradictions, its sublime as well as its ludicrous aspects, as the central theme to create the choreography.  The end result is a work loaded with humor and eroticism, which exposes attraction and repulsiveness, frailty and strength, pleasure and compassion, harshness and gentleness, swaying and angularity, consonance and dissonance, acoustic and electronic, in a dizzying succession of pas-de-deux solo or in group..         

The new ballet establishes the beginning of the collaboration between the Minas Gerais dance group and designer Ronaldo Fraga, who finds in the citrus green and shocking pink colors, the chromatic summing up for these endless contrasts. Meanwhile Paulo Pederneiras places a gigantic, five meters high plush heart in the middle of the stage, which is the setting’s interpretation of the overstated nature of the most cultivated of all human feelings.  

santagustin    2002
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