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Inês Bogéa on Bringing São Paulo Dance Company to Newcastle

Audiences can look forward to some Brazilian sunshine this spring when São Paulo Dance Company visit Newcastle Theatre Royal (5 and 6 March) on their first-ever tour of the UK and Ireland

São Paulo Dance Company will perform a triple bill of contemporary works in Newcastle by some of the world’s leading Spanish and Latin American choreographers – and artistic director Inês Bogéa is keen to share São Paulo’s electric energy with local audiences.

Founded in 2008, São Paulo Dance Company has produced more than 100 classical and contemporary works, toured nearly 20 countries and performed to more than 900,000 people.

And now British and Irish audiences can enjoy their expertise.

“São Paulo is a dance company with a very special Brazilian accent,” Inês says.

“We have the passion for dance, we have the energy of Brazil, and we love to share that with audiences around the world.”

Inês, who was the founding director when the company was created by the Brazilian state government 15 years ago, says music and dance are integral to life in her home country.

São Paulo Dance Company Newcastle Inês Bogéa

“Movement and the sensation of dance is so much a part of our culture, we celebrate life through dance,” she says.

“We dance around the kitchen when we are cooking, we dance at a party with our friends, we dance because we are happy, and we also dance when sometimes we are sad.

“I think we bring our culture inside our body, it’s impossible for us to express ourselves without body movement. For instance, if you were to say hello to someone in Brazil, normally without knowing each other, we hug each other. We talk with gestures and movement.”

São Paulo Dance Company Newcastle – A Triple Bill

São Paulo, which is Brazil’s largest city, brings an added dimension to the company’s work, according to Inês.

“It’s a very big city, there are people from all around the world. We have different cultures inside our city, and I think São Paulo Dance Company reflects these different ways of living and ways of seeing our world.”

The tour features a triple bill – Anthem by Spanish choreographer Goyo Montero, Gnawa by Spain’s Nacho Duato and Agora by Cassi Abranches, who was born in São Paulo and has recently choreographed part of Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Black Sabbath – The Ballet.

“The three works talk about rituals in different ways,” says Inês.

São Paulo Dance Company Newcastle

“Anthem looks at how we are connected through a common purpose that leads us to recognise ourselves as the same group. Gnawa talks about the rituals of people who live in the North of Africa and their connections with the natural world. And in Agora we are talking about time, memories and the reverberation of Brazilian dance.

“In the programme that we are bringing to the UK, the choreographers are trying to reflect on stage what we are all feeling in this moment of our lives. They create a unique world through the movements, the connections with the music and the images that they evoke.”

Inês has been keen to work with both Brazilian and international choreographers, bringing new ideas and ways of expression to the company.

Open To Dialogue

“As a director, I try to be connected with our world and make the company interesting for the dancers, for the team and of course for the audience,” she explains.

“We create at least two pieces from Brazilian choreographers each year. It is important for our artform to have a dialogue with our people. So, we need to open a space to listen and devise ways of showing how we see the world.

“And I also invite some foreign choreographers to create work for us as I think this is another way for the company to be learning from other experts. Normally the choreographers say that our company is very open to this dialogue and the dancers understand the different languages and movements that the choreographers propose for us.

“In our dancers, I’m looking for individuality and the capacity to express themselves through dancing. Of course, the technical skill is important, but I think it’s more important to want to share your ideas through dancing.”

São Paulo Dance Company Newcastle

Inês first began training as a dancer at 13, having previously been a top child gymnast and practiced the Brazilian martial art capoeira. She has toured the UK with Brazil’s Grupo Corpo in the past, but this is the first time she is bringing São Paulo Dance Company to the UK and Ireland.

“I have very good memories of when I danced in Britain with Grupo Corpo,” she recalls.

“We were there for five weeks, and the audiences were very warm. I hope that on this tour the audiences enjoy themselves and feel connected with the energy, emotions and beauty of the dancers.

“An audience is a very important part of a performance. We can feel the energy of the audience from the first step on the stage.”

São Paulo Dance Company Newcastle: New Culture

The 14-venue tour is presented by Dance Consortium, a group of 19 venues across the UK and Ireland who have come together to bring leading contemporary dance companies from across the globe to local audiences and Inês is keen to experience the towns and cities where São Paulo Dance Company will be performing.

“I am curious about all of the places we are visiting,” she says.

“This is a world to discover together and it’s good that we can also learn a little bit about UK culture and how life is here.

“We are open to sharing ideas and sensations and we aim to meet people and understand different ways of looking at our world and our time. So, we are looking forward to showing audiences a little bit of our culture and, through the dance, we will all feel the energy of Brazil.”

Dance Consortium has become an audience favourite at Newcastle Theatre Royal, with memorable past productions including Dada Masilo’s The Sacrifice, Nederlands Dans Theater 2, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo and most recently Ailey 2.

São Paulo Dance Company plays Newcastle Theatre Royal on 5 and 6 March. Tickets are available here or from the Theatre Royal Box Office on 0191 232 7010.