Contemporary Brazilian choreographer making an impact at Edinburgh festival

Grupo Corpo

This year’s Edinburgh festival experiences the Brazilian rhythm.  Grupo Corpo combines the sensual elements of Brazilian dance with cutting-edge contemporary dance.The La Guardian critic said that  Grupo Corpo was “the hot ticket at the festival last weekend. .. Grafting ballet on to myriad Latin disciplines – capoeira, rhumba, tango – it was a sizzling concoction.”

Rodrigo Pederneiras, choreographer

Rodrigo Pederneiras  is the face behind Grupo Corpo. Choreographer of the company since 1975, he is also responsible for the light and set design of this production.

Another Brazil

Grupo Corpo is a sample of Brazilian cultural diversity. The company is from Minas Gerais, a state of mountains, mines, gold.. iron and no beaches! Not what people think of when they picture Brazil. Minas and its people have a particular ethos.  Shy and sophisticated at the time, a “mineiro” is completely different from a “carioca” or a “paulista”.

What you will see in Edinburgh


Carnival comes to the Festival in a performance of seductive physicality. The Grupo Corpo dancers stamp their feet and sway their hips with snake-like fluidity in this ravishing creation straight off the white sandy beaches of Rio.


A soundtrack of driving Latin funk provides the musical backdrop for an eccentric debate over the paternity of the universe. It’s a curious competition between the idea of a great primordial explosion and a witty notion that the cosmos was conceived as a weird form of rivalry between Rio’s two main football teams.

Edinburgh festival will end on September 5th.

Published by Hildete Vodopives

Hildete de Moraes Vodopives is founder of Brazil Global and of the Harvard Strategists Group. She has a PhD in Economic History and advises companies and investment agencies in international business development.She served as Corporate Relations Director and later, on the board of the Brazilian Investment Analysts Association (APIMEC).

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