Édouard Lock is back with a vengeance with the remarkable dancers of the São Paulo Companhia de Dança and a piece inspired by Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, featuring lascivious dance by the Brazilian Jomar Mesquita and an invitation to embark on a journey by the Spanish Nacho Duato.
For its first visit to Canada, the remarkable young troupe São Paulo Dance Company will be presenting three works including The Seasons, by the Montreal choreographer Édouard Lock. It was named dance performance of the year for 2014 by the major Brazilian newspaper Folha de S. Paulo.
The Seasons, Édouard Lock (2014, SPCD)
The celebrated founder of La La La Human Steps has revisited Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons in collaboration with the composer Gavin Bryers. In 12 parts evoking the 12 months of the year, he submits 12 dancers to the dizzying speed and extreme precision of his vivacious, angular and undulating movement. Bathing the stage in chiaroscuro lighting, he sculpts the light to create stunning fast motion effects and to reinforce the impact of sudden moments of slow motion. A pure delight heightened by the set design by Armand Vaillancourt.
Mamihlapinatapai, Jomar Mesquita with the collaboration of Rodrigo de Castro (2012, SPCD)
Mamihlapinatapai, a word from the Yaghan language of South America, is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the “most succinct word” and refers to an expressive and meaningful silence, “a look shared by two people, each wishing that the other will offer something they both desire but are unwilling to suggest or offer themselves.” That is precisely the theme of this piece by Brazilian choreographer Jomar Mesquita, director of the Mimulus Dance Company, in a work that evokes the desire for love among 4 couples in a lascivious deconstruction of the social dances of his native country.
Gnawa, Nacho Duato (2005, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago; 2009, restage SPCD)
A major figure of contemporary European ballet, Nacho Duato is famous for his fluid dances and his interest in great existential questions. He and his 14 dancers take the audience beyond the edge of the Mediterranean to encounter the descendants of the Gnawa people and their spiritual practices. Skillfully using the four elements to illustrate the superior forces of the universe, he has created an elegant, sensual and harmonious work performed in a North African atmosphere and set to hypnotic music.
São Paulo Dance Company
Since its founding in 2008 by the São Paulo state government, SPDC has been under the masterful direction of the dancer, writer and director Inês Bogéa. In less than a decade, she has produced some 40 dance pieces, half of them original works. The company has performed on the stages of 60 cities in 8 countries in South America, Asia and Europe. The diversity of its repertoire, plus the virtuosity and versatility of the dancers, have led to its astounding success.
Photo © Wilian Aguiar
Choreography Édouard Lock. Original Music The Seasons, Gavin Bryars, recorded by Percorso Ensemble, directed by Ricardo Bologna. Musical Direction Ricardo Bologna. Set Design Armand Vaillancourt. Costumes Design Liz Vandal (women), Édouard Lock (men). Première by SPCD Teatro Castro Mendes, São Paulo, 2014.
Choreography Jomar Mesquita with the collaboration of Rodrigo de Castro. Music Marina de La Riva, composed by Silvio Rodrígues (Te Amaré Y Después), Rodrigo Leão (No Se Nada), Cris Scabello (Final theme), Cartola, Grupo Planetangos (As Rosas não Falam). Costumes Designer Claudia Schapira. Light Designer Joyce Drummond Première by SPCD Teatro GEO, São Paulo, 2012.
Choreography Nacho Duato. Music Hassan Hakmoun, Adam Rudolph, Juan Alberto Arteche, Javier Paxariño, Rabih Abou-Khalil, Velez, Kusur e Sarkissian. Costume Designer Luis Devota, Modesto Lomba. Light Designer Nicolás Fischtel. Restaging Hilde Koch, Tony Fabre (1964-2013). Organization and Original Production Carlos Iturrioz Mediart Producciones SL (Spain). World Première 2005, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Chicago. Première by SPCD Teatro Sérgio Cardoso, São Paulo, 2009.