8eba7c29 36ff 44f5 a2c3 00931eb6848b.imgRenowned for burning up the stage in an irresistible explosion of breakneck bravado, exuberant, high-speed energy, and powerhouse athleticism, the renowned company, Companhia Urbana de Dança, founded by choreographer Sonia Destri Lie reinvents the thrilling kinetics of street dance, seamlessly fusing together hip-hop, samba, capoeira, and contemporary forms.

In 2005 she founded Companhia Urbana de Dança with eight immensely talented young dancers (seven men and one woman) from the favelas of Rio de Janeiro. This young, bold company has invented a new choreographic language with its own specialized vocabulary, recognizes Brazilian cultural roots in a dialogue with the contemporary trends in dance, as well as cultural pride.

Since its creation, the Company has performed often throughout Brazil’s theaters and festivals including Panorama de Dança and Plataforma de Dança, as well abroad, including at Biennales de la Danse de Lyon, France (2006, 2008); Festival de Biarritz, France (2008); Festival Hoptimum, Hangar23 in Rouen, France (2010); Suresnes cités danse, Paris (2011); Fall For Dance, New York City Center (2010); Peak Performances, Alexander Kasser Theatre at Montclair University, N.J. (2011); Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Beckett, Mass. (2013); Festival de Riccione, Italy (2012); and Teatro Lido, Medellin, Colombia (2009).

With her company Sonia Destri has won the Best Choreography Prize from the UNESCO Conseil International de la Danse; the Staging Award (2011) from the State of Rio de Janeiro and the FADA Award from the City Hall of Rio de Janeiro (2012 and 2013).

Now they show us their signature work ID: Entidades, inspired by the life stories of the company dancers, pulses with raw adrenaline to a high-voltage score by Brazilian composer Rodrigo Marçal. They also explore the joyful influence of pop culture and sizzling social dance in the critically-praised Na Pista, which prompted The New York Times to write that the company “is so wonderful that it seems miraculous.”For more info and to buy tickets: http://www.redcat.org/event/companhia-urbana-de-dan-id-entidades-na-pista


Companhia Urbana de Dança: ID: Entidades & Na Pista
Wednesday March 23 and Thursday March 24, 2016 at 8:30 pm
Price: $30 (members and students $24)

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