Brazil's Renowned Grupo Corpo Dance Company Returns to Austin in October

       Back by popular demand, Texas Performing Arts hosts the two-evening return of Brazil's world-renowned dance company, Grupo Corpo.  Last seen in Austin in 2009, the modern dance troupe will perform October 18th and 19th at Bass Concert Hall.
     Founded in 1975 by brothers Paulo (Artistic Director), Rodrigo (Choreographer) and Pedro (Technical Director) Pederneiras in the city of Belo Horizonte, Grupo Corpo - which literally translates to "body group" - and their work are a true melting pot of cultural and artistic influences.  Their compelling style grafts the pliancy of modern dance and rhythmic complexity of Afro-Brazilian dance onto ballet - taking to the stage with sexy physicality, dynamic ability and visual finesse.
     For the Austin engagement, Grupo Corpo's selections include music by + 2 (Moreno, Domenico, Kassin) and Carlos Núñes and José Miguel Wisnik (based on works by Martín Codax).  The Austin performances are presented in partnership with the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies and the U.T. Department of Theatre and Dance.
    In celebration of the group's return to Austin , the North Village Austin Public Library  at 2505 Steck Avenue will screen the film 30 Years of Grupo Corpo: A Brazilian Family on Tuesday, October 9th, at 7 p.m.  To commemorate 30 years of their founding, Grupo Corpo  created a new ballet, Onqotô, with music by Caetano Veloso and José Miguel Wisnik.  The documentary presents a delicate portrait of the Pederneiras family and features testimonials from artists and critics from across the globe.  
    Following the film, will be a short Q&A will be facilitated by Joe Randel, Director of ArtesAméricas at Texas Performing Arts, UT-Austin.  The library will also host a free music program - featuring Paul Sonnenberg, Frederico Geib and Frank Almendra - on October 20th at 2 p.m.
     Performances of Grupo Corpo at Bass Concert Hall will be at 8 p.m. both nights.  Tickets are $36 to $42, with a limited number of $10 student tickets available.   Discounted tickets are also available for U.T. faculty and staff, seniors and military.
     A free pre-performance lecture with Fernando Lara, Brazilian architect and Assistant Professor with the School of Architecture, and Leticia Marteleto, Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology, will be offered on Thursday, October 18th, in the Bass Concert Hall Lobby at 7 p.m.
    Bass Concert Hall is located at E. 23rd Street and Robert Dedman Drive on the University of Texas campus.  Tickets are now on sale now at the Bass Concert Hall Box Office and all Texas Box Office outlets - including most H-E-B stores - by calling (512) 477-6060 or (800) 982-BEVO and online at

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