If you stumble across a dance performance in one of the city’s parks or squares, chances are it's not the shooting of a movie musical but the Visões Urbanas (Urban Visions) open-air dance festival. International dance groups converge on São Paulo and perform in public spaces, using the city itself as inspiration for their coreography.
Varied locations like the historic downtown Pátio do Colégio and the Pinacoteca, and the outside space at the MIS are a few of the hotspots hosting the free performances. The festival will also hold workshops and lectures (in Portuguese) for serious dance fans.
On Sunday 24 March, the Parque Mario Covas on Avenida Paulista will provide the setting for seven performances, starting at 10am with Projeto Urucungo – a dance group from Maceió in the Northeast of Brazil, showing how capoeira can inspire dance moves. Rounding up the Sunday line-up at 1pm is a pillow fight of sorts by the US Maida Withers Dance Construction Company, in which three dancers move and interact with each other, each with various parts of their body encased in pillows.
If you weren't in the right place at the right time, and missed the performances, then you can also check out a festival exhibition with an origami installation entitled multipliCIDADES, by Alzira Cathony, as well as photos from other international dance festivals, in the Passagem Literária da Consolação – an underground passageway on the corner of Rua da Consolação with Avenida Paulista. Until 22 April.
Look on visoesurbanas.com.br for the full listings.