The Company | History
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São Paulo Companhia de Dança
artistic direction: Inês Bogéa
São Paulo Companhia de Dança (SPCD) is a meeting place of various artists, from the most distinct currents for the consolidation of a Brazilian dance project. Besides the members of the Company, many artists collaborate in our different programs – choreographers, illuminator, costume designers, photographers, writers, cartoonists, artists, guest professors, reassemblers. The Company dances "from end to end", both for its varied repertory, ranging from classical to contemporary, and for its diversity of programs, covering Artistic Production and Circulation of Performances, Educational and Audience Formation Programs and Record and Dance Memory Programs. Here is a little of each of these actions and we invite you to know the background of the Company. SPCD searches the connection with the audience by passion, curiosity and sense of the world of dance in movement. The repertory of São Paulo Companhia de Dança includes remakes of classic and modern works, as well as original plays, created specifically for its cast of dancers. This year, we opened the Choreographic Workshop, aimed at encouraging the Brazilian choreographic creation and expand the exchange of artists with the Company. In this first edition, which starts in December, the creators are: Alex Neoral, Rui Moreira and Jomar Mesquita. Since its foundation, SPCD produced 19 works. From these, there are 12 different choreographies in the repertory nowadays, all by distinct authors, which are combined in many ways to each presentation. This is made according to several factors, including the technical and structural space conditions and the choice of artistic direction, which seeks not only to present the different genres of dance, but also, to associate more popular works with others that are more disturbing. Every presentation you may notice the differences and continuities between the styles of the theatrical dance. In Brazil, there is no tradition of presentations of canonical works of dance, such as the classic repertory of the twentieth century. By bringing these unpublished works and their creations to the public in different regions of the country, the Company provides wide access to cultural heritage of humanity.
CIRCULATION OF PERFORMANCES
The Circulation of Performances provides the democratization of the dance art and appreciation of dance as a cultural, artistic, educational,
social and economic agent. SPCD seeks to bring dance to many cities, in its various theaters, or even on stages built outdoors or in gyms, providing presentations in places where they normally do not go to. São Paulo Companhia de Dança tries to strengthen dialogue and formation of new audiences, reaching different public, both with regards to age and social classes. Since its inception, the Company has made over 300 presentations in different cities, with audience exceeding 250,000 people.
EDUCATIONAL AND AUDIENCE FORMATION PROGRAMS
The Educational and Audience Formation Programs of São Paulo Companhia de Dança promote approximation of the public with the universe of dance through lectures, free presentations for students and workshops for dancers. Participants can track not only the end result of the shows, but also the intermediate steps involved, knowing the backstage, technical and artistic aspects of a dance performance and the historical and artistic contexts of the works presented, providing a space for learning, dialogue and formation of new audiences. Over 46,000 people participated in over 200 education activities offered.
DANCE RECORD AND MEMORY FIGURAS DA DANÇA (DANCE FIGURES)
Currently, São Paulo Companhia de Dança has four programs related to memory preservation and encouragement of critical thinking in the area: - The documentaries series Figuras da Dança (Dance Figures) focuses on the artistic journey and work of important figures in the history of dance in Brazil. The stories interweave and show different perspectives of the same historical period, of a fact or point out to singularities of each artist, revealing the universe of art. Gradually, a historic panel of the dance art in Brazil is made up; - Canteiro de Obras (Work Site) registers the working process of SPCD, composing a compelling overview of the operation of a large company; - A book series about São Paulo Companhia de Dança contextualizes, in a broad and multidisciplinary way, the work of the Company, in addition to addressing broader themes of the dance art; - The program Dança em Rede (Dance in Network) started this year,
it is inspired by the tool of Wikipedia and will work as an online collaborative encyclopedia of dance and can be powered by any person who is interested to know and disseminate the dance of Brazil within the website of SPCD.
The documentary series will be broadcasted on TV Cultura and along with the books, distributed to the artists involved, schools, libraries, universities and research institutions, among others.
ACROSS THE SCENE
São Paulo Companhia de Dança (SPCD) was established in January 2008 by the Government of the State of São Paulo, and is directed by Inês Bogéa. From its founding until the beginning of 2012, the direction was shared between Iracity Cardoso and Inês Bogéa. Initially managed by Associação Amigos das Oficinas Culturais do Estado de São Paulo (ASSAOC) (Association Friends of the Cultural Workshops of the State of São Paulo), it is, since December 2009, managed by Associação Pró-Dança (APD) (Pro-Dance Association), which has as its Chairman of the Board of Directors José Fernando Perez, Vice President Maria do Carmo Abreu Sodré Minero and Chairman of the Supervisory Board José Abramovicz.
Believing in the importance of developing the future skills of the dancer, for their professional transition when they decide to leave the stage, Associação Pró-Dança has created a program that opens space for the dancers of São Paulo Companhia de Dança be able to develop other professional skills related to the field of dance (rehearsers, rehearsal assistants, teachers, choreographers, photographers, designer and researcher in dance). In this material, we share with you the photo shoots of the dancers Michelle Molina and Fabiana Ikehara and the drawings of Yoshi Suzuki. In October, the choreographies by Milton Coatti, Rafael Gomes and Samuel Kavalerski created in the program will be launched in Galeria Olido. During the second term, Ana Paula Camargo (research in dance), Luiza Lopes (teacher), Ed Louzardo (teacher), Duda Braz (rehearsal assistant) and Roberta Bussoni (rehearsal assistant) will also have the chance to experience the other side of the scene.