Ballet Stagium, São Paulo's foremost ballet company, pays tribute to the Semana de Arte Moderna de '22 – a game-changing moment in the city's history, in 1922, when artists, musicians and writers opened the doors to Modernism in Brazil – with their performance A Semana Noventa@vinteedois.
The choreography was first performed in 2012, when the 'Modern Art Week' officially commemorated 90 years in a series of special events which included opera and concerts at the Theatro Municipal. Ballet Stagium's piece returned to the stage in September of this year, at the Teatro Alfa, and in November heads to Teatro Sérgio Cardoso, followed by a final chance to catch it in December when the show appears for a two-day run at SESC Bom Retiro (14, 15 December).
The performance is a collage of visual, musical and scenic references to the Modernist movement. Look out for outfits inspired by those worn by the Portuguese-born Brazilian singer Carmen Miranda, symbols of indigenous culture and even forms and movements rooted in the North-Eastern music forró, hip hop and classical ballet, all mixing together to break the mould, just as the movement started to do, 91 years ago.