Bach & Gira
Brazil’s leading contemporary dance troupe Grupo Corpo returns to BAM with two wildly different works that showcase the 21-member group’s extraordinary range and choreographer Rodrigo Pederneiras’ mastery of ballet, modern, and Afro-Brazilian dance idioms.
First, Pederneiras renders the baroque beautifully modern in Bach, a buoyant exercise in the disconnect between seeing and hearing. As dancers clad in gold, black, and regal blue drop from enormous organ pipes, Marco AntÃ´nio GuimarÃ£es’ score reveals and reimagines the richness of Bach’s compositions. Then, the ensemble transports us to its home country with Gira, featuring a soundtrack by SÃ£o Paulo band MetÃ¡ MetÃ¡. Inspired by the rites of Umbanda, one of the most widely practiced Brazil-born religions, this new work animates gestures of praise and worship, resulting in an explosion of movement that is unmistakably Brazilian.