How to stay in movement, when the political and social situation in one’s country appears to paralyse everything like a poisonous fog; when hounding and hatred seem to disunite, split and suffocate freedom and solidarity, equality and democracy? Over the course of the last two decades the Brazilian choreographer Bruno Beltrão has revolutionized HipHop by interweaving styles and postures of urban dance with contemporary dance principles. His choreographies are urban and political dances which are also characterised by a physical vehemence and a deep understanding of music and space.
New Creation highlights the rightward shift and polarisation experienced in Brazilian society under the regime of President Bolsonaro. Brilliantly performed by ten virtuoso dancers, the evening oscillates between latent aggression, collective excess and individuals searching for solidarity and affection. Beltrão’s choreography is reminiscent of a film made up of short, razor-sharp sequences that coalesce over the course of the evening to form a grand narrative. New Creation is a masterpiece whose high-energy dance is as thrilling as its political dimension.
Bruno Beltrão has been creating works that combine street dance, breaking and hip-hop with contempoary dance since 1996. His physically demanding yet analytical pieces challenge the patterns of movement and stereotypes that hip-hop has derived from traditional masculinity. He has toured internationally with his company Grupo de Rua for twenty years, and now makes his first visit to Sommerszene with New Creation.
Artistic director: Bruno Beltrão
Assistant artistic director: Gilson Cruz
With: Wallyson Amorim, Camila Dias, Renann Fontoura, Eduardo Hermanson, Alci Junior, Silvia Kamyla, Samuel Dcristo, Leonardo Laureano, Leandro Rodrigues, Antonio Carlos Silva
Lighting design: Renato Machado
Costume design: Marcelo Sommer Music: Lucas Marcier / ARPX, Jonathan Uliel Saldanha
Production: Grupo de Rua in cooperation with Something Great
A coproduction of Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Festival d'Automne Paris & Centquatre, Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Wiener Festwochen, SPRING Performing Arts Festival, Sadler's Wells Theatre, Kampnagel, Onassis STEGI, Culturgest, Teatro Municipal do Porto, Romaeuropa, Charleroi Danse, Le Maillon - Théâtre de Strasbourg, Cité musicale-Metz
Commissioned by Künstlerhaus Mousonturm in the framework of the Alliance of International Production Houses
Funded by the German Federal States and the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.