Brazilian dance group Grupo Corpo set for Edinburgh shows

Brazilian dance group Grupo Corpo for Edinburgh shows

Each performance will include Parabelo and Sem Mim routines based on Brazilian and Portugese traditions

The quest for perfect unison is a challenge for most dance companies, and the bigger you are, the harder it gets. For Brazil’s Grupo Corpo, synchronised movement is a way of life, and watching the 22 dancers move it feels as if they’re all sharing the same breath. But such precision doesn’t come easily.

‘It’s hard work,’ says Carmen Purri, a dancer with the company for 23 years, now rehearsal director. ‘The dancers start with a ballet class each day before rehearsals, and when we’re on tour I watch the show to see if there’s a finger out of place – then we’ll have an hour of corrections the next day to fix those details.’

‘It’s so important to be precise, because it’s not classical ballet where the movements are very marked – this is more fluid. So if it’s not very well rehearsed, it shows.’

Last seen in Scotland performing their 5-star show at the 2010 Edinburgh International Festival, Grupo Corpo are back with two more captivating works choreographed by artistic director, Rodrigo Pederneiras.

Inspired by Brazilian rural traditions, Parabelo mixes stillness and a carnival exuberance, while Sem Mim references a Portuguese song cycle about the sea. Both benefit from the unique qualities of a Grupo Corpo dancer.

‘Brazilian people have dance in their blood, and each dancer in our company comes with their own dance inside them,’ says Purri. ‘It’s hard to explain – and not all Brazilian dancers have it, but when we choose dancers at auditions, besides the classical technique, that’s what we’re looking for.’

Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Tue 4 & Wed 5 Nov.

Grupo Corpo: SimMem & Parabelo

A double-bill of abstract performances choreographed by artistic director Rodrigo Pederneiras. In SemMim a group of villagers wait anxiously on the shore for the return of their fishermen. Parabelo is inspired by life in rural Brazil.