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Grupo Corpo: Sem Mim

By Julye Huggins

Coming to the National Arts Centre October 26th and 27th, the Brazilian contemporary dance company Grupo Corpo presents a double bill program featuring Sem Mim and Ímã. This video shows an excerpt of the ballet Sem Mim, which means “without me”.The dancers’ tattooed unitards are inscribed with images from the Middle Ages, fitting with an original score inspired by a medieval Galician-Portuguese songbook. These thirteenth-century songs tell of maidens weeping the absence and celebrating the imminent return of their lovers from sea. In their excitement, they bathe in the sea of Vigo. Inspired by the lyrics, choreographer Rodrigo Pederneiras illustrates the calm and fury, as it is with the ebb and flow of the waves. As more fully described on the company’s website, Pederneiras also seeks “to (re)produce, in the posturing on stage, the separation between feminine and masculine, where one always complains of the absence of the other, in choreography portraying the constant flux of advances and retreats and the recurrence of sinuous or abrupt movements of the torso.”Grupo Corpo will also be offering a two-hour master class for dancers on October 27th. The workshop will focus on the company’s original style, highlighting movement sequences from the choreography and signature vocabulary of Pederneiras.
Learn more:Grupo CorpoNational Arts Centre

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