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choreography: Rodrigo Pederneiras

music: Philip Glass / UAKTI

set design: Fernando Velloso

costume design: Freusa Zechmeister

lighting: Paulo Pederneiras

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choreography: Rodrigo Pederneiras

music: Philip Glass / UAKTI

set design: Fernando Velloso

costume design: Freusa Zechmeister

lighting: Paulo Pederneiras

Based on eight themes written by American composer Philip Glass and Brazilian instrumental ensemble Uakti, choreographer Rodrigo Pederneiras balanced the formal rigor that had marked his work till then and created an artless choreography. Movements scores appeared as a series of sketches, annotations or studies for a choreography and 7 or 8 Pieces for a Ballet had its debut in 1994 displaying an apparently unfinished character in a superb flawless form. As in contemporary art in which corrections may be visibly incorporated to the final result, dancers’ movements came in variations, from a “dirty” aesthetics resembling rehearsals to a pristine final result. In this sense, this is a ballet that would rather propose than foretell. The obssesive, cold, and precise quality of Glass’ themes written especially for this ballet led Pederneiras to orchestrate solos with automaton-like movement repetitions in contrast with ensembles full of organic movements charged with latin sensuosness inherent to the unique Uakti sound. Scenography by Fernando Velloso and costumes by Freusa Zechmeister gave the ballet its visual identity, exploring early minimalism. They filled the stage with green, blue, and yellow stripes whereas white dominated Paulo Pederneiras’ lighting.
 

sete ou oito peças para um ballet    1994
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