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Harbourfront Worldstage / Grupo Corpo – Rodrigo Pederneiras’ Seven or Eight Pieces for a Ballet and Breu

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reviewed by Paula Citron
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Seven or Eight Pieces for a Ballet / Breu
Grupo Corpo
Harbourfront Worldstage
Choreographed by Rodrigo Pederneiras
Fleck Dance Theatre until Mar. 28
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Brazil’s Grupo Corpo is wildly popular throughout the world. The 20 dancers are magnificent, and choreographer Rodrigo Pederneiras does interesting, even fascinating work, usually for a large ensemble.

The current show features 1994’s Seven or Eight Pieces for a Ballet, which brilliantly captures the complex minimalism and relentless rhythm of Philip Glass’ original score. Breu, which means “tar” or “pitch” in Portuguese, was choreographed in 2007, and is a condemnation of today’s narcissistic race for survival. The choreography, mostly performed in tortuous floor movement, reflects the darkness of the theme.

One could say it is a flawless program, so why am I not totally happy?

It’s simply this. Grupo Corpo, as wonderful as it is, has been to Toronto many times. With Harbourfront bringing in such few international dance companies, I would prefer to see something new. The very greatness of Grupo Corpo is predictable.

Grupo Corpo continues at Fleck Dance Theatre until Mar. 28 in an almost sold-out run.

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