U.S. Premiere of Breu Grupo Corpo

Performing Arts

Photos by José Luiz Pederneiras

U.S. Premiere of Breu
Grupo Corpo

Sat, Mar 22, 2008 8 PM

"Brazil's leading ambassadors of contemporary dance...showing off the superb skills of the dancers, arguably the best on the planet." —Globe and Mail (Toronto)

This electrifying Brazilian dance company captivates you with stunningly sexy physicality, dynamic virtuosity, and rich visual flair. Grupo Corpo creates a vibrant and seamless blend of ballet's grace, modern dance's verve, and the hip-swiveling exuberance of Carnival sambas and their Afro-Brazilian roots. You'll see the U.S. premiere of Breu (“darkness”), the ensemble's newest work, which is set to the music of Brazilian singing sensation Lenine. Also on the program is Benguelê, which the company describes as a celebration of African culture and its influences in Brazilian culture.

Founded in 1975 and now led by choreographer Rodrigo Pederneiras, Grupo Corpo won raves with its Columbus debut at the Wexner Center in 2002. Don't miss this chance to experience its "striking power and originality," "impeccable delivery," and "searing sensuality elegantly under control" (Le Monde, Paris).

Head to the Wexblog to view a clip of a Brazilian TV spot with the company.

Free parking will be available in the Ohio Union and Arps garages on Saturday, March 22.

Presented by the Wexner Center in association with BalletMet Columbus.

Grupo Corpo is sponsored by Petrobras.

Sponsor, Fellow, and Donor Circles members of the Wexner Center are entitled to two free tickets to Grupo Corpo as a benefit of their membership (subject to availability). Contact the Wexner Center's ticket office/patron services desk at (614) 292-3535 to reserve yours!

Pre-Performance Talk
Mershon Auditorium | 7 PM
Free with Grupo Corpo tickets

Come early and set the stage for your evening with insights from Lúcia Costigan, associate professor in Ohio State’s Department of Spanish and Portuguese. She’ll talk about connections between African and Brazilian culture, as seen, for example, in Benguelê.

Jean Dubuffet, Vaches au pre (Cows in a meadow), 1954

Transfigurations: Modern Masters from the Wexner Family Collection closes Dec 31. Don't miss the exhibition artnet named among the world's 25 "must-see shows."

Artists featured in Transfigurations: Modern Masters from the Wexner Family Collection

Learn more about the artists represented in Transfigurations at our dedicated website. (Educators will also find curriculum resources to support their K–12 classrooms.)