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Teatro Alfa dance season 2012

A little classical ballet? Or maybe a ‘new circus’ performance? We take a look at Teatro Alfa's dazzling 2012 dance season.

They’ve done it again. Launching the new season’s programme, Teatro Alfa once again crams in some of the most relevant productions in contemporary dance – for the most part, shows that have graced the stages of the world’s major dance halls.

In addition to the usual companies such as the brilliant Grupo Corpo from Minas Gerais, set to present two shows from its existing repertoire, two French companies and one from Taiwan are also on the roster this year. Altogether, there will be 28 performances, running from 31 July to 11 November 2012.

Opening this season is Cirque Plume (31 July to 5 August), a part of the nouveau cirqueor ‘new circus movement’ popularised by Cirque du Soleil, which combines circus arts, dance and music. Cirque Plume is in the midst of a world tour with LAtelier du Peintre. ‘It’s quite a visually striking show marked by technical rigour and it’s great for the whole family,’ says Elizabeth Machado, one of the curators at Teatro Alfa. On stage, 14 dancers – among them the Brazilian Osmar Pedro – lead the audience on a playful journey through a painter’s universe.

A touch of the circus can also be noted in the choreography of Philippe Decouflé in his show Octopus (21-23 September)which will be the penultimate performance of the season. A clown, dancer, filmmaker and choreographer revered in France, Decouflé, who has 30 years of choreography under his belt, recently did some work for Cirque du Soleil and garnered an exhibition in Paris, with a retrospective of his style. In Octopus he employs various elements that have become hallmarks of his style, such as magical special effects and the integration of video arts.

After three years of working with Taiwan’s Cloud Gate Dance Theatre, the event’s curators decided to further invest in the Far Eastern country and invited one of the most important names in Asian dance today, the Legend Lin Dance Theatre, which makes its Brazilian debut this season (9-11 November). Choreographer Lin Lee-Chen took nine years to create Chants de la Destinée, a show that completes the trilogy started in 1995 and pays homage to Taiwanese traditions with a sort of meditation on the world and humanity. Lin’s choreography transforms the notion of time with slow, dense and simple, yet delicate movements. 

Caru Ribeiro/ Press image
'Carmen e L’Arlésienne', performed by the Ballet do Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro


As for performance premieres, the season’s only debut scheduled is that of In The Middle, Somewhat Elevated, by the US's renowned William Forsythe, to be performed for the first time by the São Paulo Companhia de Dança (14-16 September). The classical ballet by the Corpo de Baile do Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro (31 August to 2 September), which will make its first appearance on the Teatro Alfa stage, is also worth a look. 

‘We haven’t had a programme dedicated to classical dance for some time now and this year, we had the opportunity to present the company’s Gala Roland Petit, a show that honours the French choreographer who passed away last year,’ says Machado. From classical to modern, the Teatro Alfa 2012 season offers options for all tastes. Take your pick – and let yourself be absorbed. 

The Teatro Alfa dance season runs from 31 July to 11 November 2012, at the Teatro Alfa, Rua Bento Branco de Andrade Filho 722, Santo Amaro, 5693 4000, teatroalfa.com.br. Read more on the Teatro Alfa

The dance season schedule

L'Atelier du Peintre by Le Cirque Plume
Dates 31 Jul-5 Aug
Times 9pm Tue, Wed, Thu, Sat; 9.30pm Fri; 6pm Sun
Price R$40-$150.

Benguelê and Sem Mim by Grupo Corpo
Dates 10-12, 15-19 Aug
Times 9pm Wed, Thu and Sat; 9.30pm Fri; 6pm Sun  
Price R$40-$110

Gala Roland Petit by Ballet do Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro
Dates 31 Aug-2 Sep
Times 9.30pm Fri; 9pm Sat; 6pm Sun  
Price R$40-$110 (half price on 31 Aug, 1 Sep) 

Bachiana nº 1, Sechs Tänze and In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated, by the São Paulo Companhia de Dança
Dates 13-16 Sep
Times 9pm Thu, Sat; 9.30pm Fri; 6pm Sun
Price R$40-$70

Octopus by Philipe Decouflé
Dates 21-23 Sep
Times 9.30pm Fri; 9pm Sat; 6pm Sun 
Price R$40-$150

Chants de la Destineé by Legend Lin Dance Theater
Dates 9-11 Nov
Times 9.30pm Fri; 9pm Sat; 6pm Sun 
Price R$40-$150

By Paula De Marchi


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