Dance Review: Grupo Corpo

The work had several sections and gave ample opportunity for the dancers to show their skills.

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Israel Festival Grupo Corpo (Brazil) Jerusalem International Convention Center June 12 Honey runs in the joints of the dancers of this hot Brazilian company, which gave a most enjoyable performance. One could savor the rich flavors of the original Brazilian music and dance wrapped up by talented choreographer Rodrigo Penderneiras. The curtain came up as a troupe of 18 dancers dressed in black leotards swayed, swished and shimmied as if their bodies actually sang as they were immersed in Oncoto (2005), the sensuous, sweet tunes and complex rhythms of the original score by Caetano Veloso and Jose Miguel Wisnik. The work had several sections and gave ample opportunity for the dancers to show their skills. One of the best scenes was a double duet: a male and female couple on one side, and two women on the other. Both performed a very sexy, clever and funny sitting-down love dance that ran through most of the Kama Sutra positions with athletic virtuosity. The second half of the evening was dedicated to Parablo (1997), also choreographed by Penderneiras and set to original music by Tom Ze and Jose Miguel Wisnik, who added more jazzy elements to the score. Both works were composed of separate sections on various themes, but the choreographic insignia of Penderneiras was there all the time. He bravely flirts with the thin line between pure entertainment and strong art; and in any case, he wins you over with his wonderful group of dancers and with the uplifting life-power of his dance.