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Since co-founding his Grupo de Rua (Street Group) as a teenager in 1996, Brazilian choreographer Bruno Beltrao has dedicated himself to transforming street dance and its place in the theatre. He deconstructs it, subverts it and questions every stereotype that has built up around it.
His new show, CRACKz, was a “piece without roots”: Beltrão asked his dancers to scour the internet for movements, gestures and informal routines, then used these as the basis for his choreography. The result was a remarkable fusion of street and contemporary dance, everyday actions and avant-garde attitude, that opened up new possibilities for hip-hop and theatre alike.
If there is a heaven for b-boys, it must look something like Bruno Beltrão's Grupo de Rua.
Presented by LIFT and Sadler’s Wells. Co-produced by: KunstenFestivaldesArts (Brussels), Wexner Center for the Arts (Ohio), Tanz im August / HAU (Berlin), Hellerau – European Center for the Arts (Dresden), Kampnagel (Hamburg), Ruhrtriennale, PACT Zollverein (Essen), Wiener Festwochen (Wien), Holland Festival (Amsterdam), Festival d’Automne à Paris / Théâtre de la Ville / 104 (Paris). Images: Nika Kramer, Tito Lacerda, engerfoto.de