The home of Grupo Corpo is the megacity of Belo Horizonte, the capital of the state of Minas Gerais. Here, in 1975, six siblings got together with a few friends and founded Grupo Corpo, whose name is still the company's claim and program today: to form a "total body" with like-minded people, whose trademark became the "round movement", the flow of a group in motion. The unmistakable style of the Company is mainly due to the close collaboration of the brothers Paulo and Rodrigo Pedereiras.
Their very first choreographies caused a sensation and were celebrated as a sensation in Paris. Almost overnight, Grupo Corpo became the first Brazilian company to dance its way to the top of the world, where it has remained ever since. For more than 20 years now, they have regularly toured Europe and America.
Paulo and Rodrigo Pederneiras
Artistic director and choreographer
Paulo and Rodrigo Pederneiras have shaped Grupo Corpo from the beginning and have dedicated their lives to the company. Paulo Pederneiras, with his deep sense of modern art, has always sought a connection with developments around the world, but especially in Brazil, ensuring that the Company reflects contemporary developments.
Besides his work for Grupo Corpo, he has done the lighting design for several operas such as "Don Giovanni", "Lucia de Lammermoor" and has designed several exhibitions, including "Indigenous and Anthropologic Art" for the 500th anniversary of Brazil at the OCA, in Ibirapuera Park in Sao Paulo.
This coincided with the artistic intentions of his brother Rodrigo, who first studied classical ballet with Norma Binaghi and modern dance with Clyde Morgan. In 1975 he became a dancer with Grupo Corpo and has been the company's permanent choreographer since 1978. He is one of the most sought-after choreographers in the world, with engagements at major opera houses and with many renowned dance companies (Gulbenkian Ballet, Les Ballets Jazz Montréal, Opéra du Rhin).