reviewed by Paula Citron
Seven or Eight Pieces for a Ballet / Breu
Choreographed by Rodrigo Pederneiras
Fleck Dance Theatre until Mar. 28
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.