The sensational Cisne Negro Cia. de Dança
Leverkusen. At the end, the packed house exulted. And the particularly enthusiastic applause from the dance audience of Leverkusen's cultural scene was by no means only for the last of the four pieces this evening, the German premiere of "Calunga," an Afro-Brazilian choreography by Rui Moreira.
Fascinating was the entire performance, at the Forum Theater, by the Cisne Negro Cia. de Dança do Brasil. In ten varied movements, "Calunga" evokes a traditional action, a mixture of popular festival and religious procession to the sound of national concert music with popular themes. Although the choreography ends somewhat theatrically, with a flag carried forward and a floating blue cloth, which had previously waved like waves of water or been placed, like an over-long shawl, around the neck of a madonna figure, the dance work that seemed to flow softly and lightly and without gravity nevertheless fascinated. Calungas are wooden or wax dolls that are carried through the streets on this occasion by a few ladies of the palace. Rui Moreira took advantage of this traditional element to create particularly impressive scenes. As if she had become a wax figure, a ballerina, for a long time, kept her balance high in the air. Held only by her feet, she was carried in the hands by a dancer and then passed to other hands again and again. These were sensational moments in the performance of a group that showed its classical training, for example in the dancing on points in the opening piece "Elgar", and pushes the boundaries between dance and acrobatics.
Likewise in the choreography "Forrolins" by Dany Bittencourt, daughter of the company's founder, Hulda Bittencourt. The energetic piece lives from elements of show dance that were charmingly developed beyond this genre. The dancers descend to the floor like rubber bugs. An effect as fascinating as the great shimmering at the beginning of the piece "Beyond the Skin" by choreographer Patrick Delcroix. This one made the company tremble, as if electrified, between poles with spotlights lowered onto the stage. Sensational!
RHEINISCHE POST, MONIKA KLEIN, LEVERKUSEN, GERMANY, MAY 8, 2011