SÃO PAULO DANCE COMPANY
Creation 2019 – French Premiere – 12 dancers
Choreography : Cassi Abranches
Music : Sebastian Piraces
Lighting : Gabriel Pederneiras
Costumes : Janaina de Castro
Creation 2012 – 8 dancers
Choreography : Jomar Mesquita with collaboration of Rodrigo de Castro
Musics : Te amaré e Después (Silvio Rodrigues), No se Nada (Rodrigo Leão), Tema Final (Cris Scabello) and As rosas não falam (Cartola)
Lighting : Joyce Drummond
Costumes : Cláudia Schapira
Creation 2018 – 14 dancers
Choreography : Joëlle Bouvier
Musics : excerpts from Bachianas Brasileiras by Heitor Villa Lobos, Bach’s St Matthew Passion, Melodia Sentimental by Villa Lobos (lyrics from Dora Vasconcellos) and poem Pátria Minha by Vinícius de Moraes
Lighting : Renaud Lagier
Costumes : Fábio Namatame
Assistant choreographers : Emilio Urbina et Rafael Pardillo
The São Paulo Dance Company is a young, ultra-dynamic company of faultless technique with a triple programme that is as virtuoso as it is creative.
Passionate and energetic, the performers combine international classic technique, fluidity and Brazilian swing.
The theme from Mamihlapinatapai, the work by Jomar Mesquita, evokes loving desire, taking its inspiration from the sensually colourful social dances of his own country.
Odisseia, by Joëlle Bouvier, re-examines the myth of Ulysses drifting on the sea, in light of the drama of today’s migrants. To music from Heitor Villa-Lobos, Joëlle Bouvier has chosen to mix excerpts from Bachianas Brasileira with the St Matthew Passion by Jean-Sébastien Bach.
Lastly, Cassi Abranches, the Brazilian choreographer, will deliver her latest creation, Agora, which explores all the meanings that can be applied to time, from duration to meteorology via musical measure.
A message from Brigitte Lefevre
The São Paulo Dance Company is a wonderful Brazilian company that deserves to be discovered. I was very aware of the fact that it has passed the reins onto Joëlle Bouvier, one of the emblematic choreographers of young French dance in the 1980s, who has since gone on to enjoy a stellar career. It also allows us to take note of a Brazilian choreographer who is still little-known in France, Cassi Abranches…and to enjoy the choreography of Jomar Mesquita with his nod to Brazilian dance.
Created in 2008 by the São Paulo State government, the São Paulo Dance Company is directed by Inês Bogéa, a former dancer with the Grupo Corpo, documentary maker and writer. Since then, the company, comprising some thirty dancers, has invited an audience of 695,000 people to enjoy its performances across the globe. This young and brilliant company has danced 39 new productions and 24 reprisals, all from the greatest choreographers of our time.
Designated Best Company 2019 by the professional syndicate of theater, music and dance criticism
Production Pró-Dança Association – Coproduction Chaillot – Théâtre National de la Danse