Grupo de Rua, founded in 1996 by artistic director Bruno Beltrao, is a Brazilian hip-hop dance company with a distinctly contemporary sensibility. Beltrao's work combines his life long love for streetdance with his study of the innovative contemporary process. The company has toured throughout Brazil since 2000 and internationally since 2002. Grupo de Rua will make its US debut in the 09-10 season with both a repertory program and the work H2.
Bruno Beltrão was born in Niterói, near Rio de Janeiro, in 1979. In 1993 he began his first street dance lessons, in Niterói, with the Israeli teacher Yoram Szabo. From 1995 on, he engaged in a research to get thoroughly acquainted with this dance style, still quite unheard of in Brazil.
In 1996 he created the company, Grupo de Rua de Niterói, with his partner Rodrigo Bernardi. During its first two years, the company was devoted to competitive dance festivals and special appearances in several events and TV shows. In 2000 GRN participated in the international tour of "Metrópole" with the Midnight Circus, from the French director Pierrot Bidon. This was also the year when Beltrão enrolled in the dance university
In 2001 the duet "Do Popping ao Pop ou Vice-Versa" premiered at the festival "Duos de Dança no SESC", in Rio de Janeiro. With this piece Beltrão made his official début in the contemporary dance scene in Rio. It was also a turning point on the choreographer’s career – the first step to set streetdance free from sheer virtuosity and from the patterned reproduction of choreographic structures that are inherent to this dance form. Since then his research is oriented by the exchange between hip hop and the reflexive and inventive environment of contemporary dance. At the end of the year Beltrão assumed the sole direction of Grupo de Rua when his partner Rodrigo left the company to develop his own projects.
Grupo de Rua started touring internationally in 2002, with presentations at Rencotres Choreographiques de Seine-Saint-Denis, MC93 in Paris and the festival “Danças na Cidade" in Lisbon. In 2003, the company was invited by the French choreographer Jérôme Bel to perform at Klapstuk Festival in Belgium. In the same year, the company performed at Springdance (Utrecht), Ile Danse (Ajaccio), Tanz im August (Berlin) Internationales Tanzfest (Hanover), Yokohama Dance Summit (Japan), Hebbel Theater (Berlin) and Opkomst (Utrecht). The company has also performed at La Ferme du Buisson (Noisiel), Kunsten Festival des Arts (Brussels), Ruhrfestspiele (Recklinghausen), Tanztage (Bern), CSS Theater (Udine), Rencontres de la Villete (Paris), Kampnagel (Hamburg) and at the Festival Breakin’Walls (Amsterdam).
In 2002, Beltrão was selected Upcoming Choreographer of the Year and the company is considered “one of the most creative of the new generation” by O GLOBO (second largest Brazilian newspaper). BATTETANZ YEARBOOK selected him Upcoming Choreographer of the Year in 2005.
Tuesday, 16 February, 2010
M. Ruth Dike
Phone: (865) 974-5455
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$5 UT Students; $20 Faculty/Staff; $25 community
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