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Sleek and sexy from Sao Paulo Dance Company

Exhilarating, colourful and flirtatious: São Paulo Dance Company in Cassi Abranches' Agora. Pic by Camilo Munoz + Iari Davies
Exhilarating, colourful and flirtatious: Sao Paulo Dance Company in Cassi Abranches' Agora. Pic by Camilo Munoz and Iari Davies

The 22-strong Sao Paulo Dance Company, billed as Brazil’s finest, has recently appeared at Sadler’s Wells in London and is now on a 12-venue tour of the UK, including Hull New Theatre (March 1-2), Newcastle Theatre Royal (March 5-6), Bradford Alhambra (March 8-9), and The Lowry in Salford (March 12-13), under the auspices of the Dance Consortium (a 19-member group of theatres).

The show offers a triple-bill from choreographers rooted in Latin American or Spanish culture, the Brazilians fusing classical ballet with sensuality, ferocious contemporary technique with the warmth and flair of Brazilian culture.  

The company was founded in 2008 by artistic director, dancer, film-maker and writer Ines Bogea, who has produced over 100 dance works, almost 50 of them original commissions, and performed to more than 900,000 people across 18 countries.

The triple-bill consists of Anthem, by Goyo Montero, resident choreographer with Cuba’s Acosta Danza, with a soundscore by Owen Belton; Gnawa, by Nacho Duato (who has danced with Nederlands Dans Theater and created the celebrated Jardi Tancat for them) which uses the ritualistic music of North Africa, created by seven composers; and Agora, by Brazilian choreographer Cassi Abranches. A former dancer with the company Grupo Corpo, Abranches has created an exhilarating work to a score by Sebastian Piraces, mixing drums and Afro-Brazilian percussion with rock music and vocals.

More info and tickets here


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