Grupo Corpo reaches 2021 with actions that seek to be in tune with the moment that the country is going through. The first is the Grupo Corpo project that invites everyone to dance, a reissue of dance classes for health professionals, held in 2020, now expanded to the general public, which will take place online every Friday in March, at 19h. In addition, the new choreography is already in composition, in partnership with Palavra Cantada, with a premiere scheduled for the second semester.
Do debts take your sleep and you don’t know where to start organizing yourself? EXAME Academy shows the way
Still in the beginning of 2020, with the health crisis, two movements took place: campaigns to value health professionals and, in art, the need for artists and companies to reinvent themselves in the face of restrictive measures. Adding the two fronts, Grupo Corpo launched the Grupo Corpo on Duty project, which offered dance classes for frontline professionals at covid-19. “We broke our brains to think about how to create something in line with what was happening. And, of course, the need for recognition of the work of health professionals came first. Why, then, not try to offer a little bit of relief, joy and relaxation, through dance classes inspired by the works of the Body? And it was very cool! The result was beyond all our expectations “, says Claudia Ribeiro, director of programming for the mining company.
The classes reached, in real time, an audience of 7,000 to 8,000 people, a number that doubled with the views of the videos, which were available over the course of a week. The group also received the messages received from different corners of the country, with reports from doctors and nursing technicians, who saw a difference in their daily lives of psychological, physical and emotional exhaustion.
In view of the success, a new demand arose: “We started to receive orders from other categories. People saying: look, I am not a health professional, but I am a teacher, I am exhausted and stressed.
Therefore, we decided to transform it into a bigger project and invite everyone to dance with the Body “, explains Claudia about the new project. The classes, structured by rehearsal director Carmen Purri (Macau), will be inspired by emblematic works of the Group, such as Parabelo (1997), Benguelê (1998), Onqotô (2005), and one of the most recent, Suíte Branca (2015). In common, the tracks bring Brazilian composers: Tom Zé and José Miguel Wisnik, João Bosco, Caetano Veloso and Samuel Rosa, respectively. “In addition to the Brazilianities, a criterion for choosing the works was the condition of adapting the steps and the count of the track in an accessible way for those who have little familiarity with dance, to be light and tasty,” says Macau.
The project is not the only novelty of Grupo Corpo for 2021. Rodrigo Pederneiras now faces one of the biggest challenges of his career, in the mission of choreography with restrictive measures. “I’m choreographing solos, duos and, at most, trios, with social distance. Everyone working in a mask, the difficulty of dancing and breathing, alcohol everywhere. And I’m being incredibly helped by the dancers, who, after so long standing , returned to work with great enthusiasm “, he reveals.
The new work, which still has no name, comes in partnership with Palavra Cantada, the duo formed by Paulo Tatit and Sandra Peres, who, since 1994, composes children’s songs. But the idea is not a children’s show. The lyrics, which refer to childhood, will not be present in the track, composed of small fragments that are only instrumental. “You see that these songs made for children are very diverse and with a phenomenal quality. The words, of course, stick to the music, but it is amazing how it transforms without the lyrics. There is a very complex musicality that is also aimed at adults” , says director Paulo Pederneiras.
Another point is that the choreography can have an in-person or online debut: “As the songs are short, the work is adaptable in the online. At the same time, we start to glimpse a show even on the scene, because the whole is getting very interesting “, says Paulo, who reveals his preference for São Paulo’s Teatro Alfa, for this debut, as the Group has been doing for decades, but also considers dancing in Belo Horizonte, depending on the health crisis. The return, however, is subject to vaccination: “The protocols are not enough now. Our idea is to dance with the vaccine itself. Today, I don’t see any other solution”, adds the director.
The year 2021 had a tragic first two months, with a record average of deaths by covid-19, and it is in light of this that Grupo Corpo announces the next steps. And why talk about death? Because, according to Paulo Pederneiras, in the face of the mourning of more than 250 thousand Brazilians: “the company seeks a nod to life, with movement and some lightness, as far as possible”.
Hair classrooms YouTube