Created in January 2008 by the Government of the State of São Paulo, São Paulo Companhia de Dança (SPCD) is directed by Inês Bogéa, Ph.D. in Arts, dancer, documentary filmmaker and writer.
Throughout this period, the Company has been seen by an audience of more than 600.000 people in different countries (Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Holland, Israel, Italy, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Paraguay, Uruguay, Canada and United States of America), experiencing approximately 125 cities, totaling more than 760 performances. The Company has a varied repertoire, ranging from classical to contemporary. Recognized by specialized critics as one of the main dance companies of Latin America, since its creation, the Company has produced 56 choreographies: 32 creations* and 24 restagings**. SPCD searches for a connection with the audience by curiosity and perception of the dance world in motion. The programs shows the variety of the repertoire of SPCD and the dynamics of Brazilian dancers. They have passion and on stage show the energy and joy of being there. The dancers are versatile and able to move between from the classical to the contemporary dance with a particular accent. The Company is a meeting place of distinct artists – such as choreographers, light designers, photographers, guest lecturers, restagers, writers, artists, cartoonists, musicians, costume designers and others - so that we can think of a Brazilian project of dance.
Dance has many stories and to reveal some of them the Company created the documentary series Figuras da Dança (Dance Personalities) which brings the art told by those who lived it. The series has already 30 episodes and could be seen on TV in different channels. SPCD also produces documentary series Canteiro de Obras and books of essays. The Educational and Audience Formation Programs, another strand of action of SPCD, are divided into: Lecture For Educators, in which we have the opportunity to dialogue about the backstage of this art; Dance Workshops, a meeting to experience the daily life of the dancers; Open Performance for Students and Senior Citizens, in which the proposal is to see, hear and perceive the dance world; Dança em Rede (Dance Network), an online dance encyclopedia on the Company’s website. | www.spcd.com.br
*Creations:Polígono Revisitado by Alessio Silvestrin; Ballo by Ricardo Scheir; Entreato by Paulo Caldas; Passanoite by Daniela Cardim; Os Duplos by Maurício de Oliveira; Inquieto by Henrique Rodovalho; Bachiana N°1 by Rodrigo Pederneiras, Pormenores by Alex Neoral; Mamihlapinatapai by Jomar Mesquita; Azougue by Rui Moreira; Vadiando by Ana Vitória, Utopia ou o Lugar Que Não Existe by Luis Fernando Bongiovanni, Peekaboo by Marco Goecke; Romeu e Julieta by Giovanni di Palma; Black Swan Grand Pas de Deux, La Sylphide and Le Spectre de La Rose by Mario Galizzi; Bingo! by Rafael Gomes, Gen by Cassi Abranches, The Seasons by Édouard Lock, Céu Cinzento and Primavera Fria by Clébio Oliveira; Litoral by Maurico Wainrot; Epiderme by Binho Pacheco; O Sonho de Dom Quixote by Márcia Haydée; Six Odd Pearls by Richard Siegal; Pivô by Fabiano Lima; Raymonda Suite by Guivalde de Almeida.
**Restagings: Les Noces by Bronislava Nijinska; Serenade, Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux and Theme and Variations by George Balanchine; Dom Quixote Grand Pas de Deux by Petipa, The Nutcraker Grand Pas de Deux by Petipa and Ivanov, Prélude à l'après-midi d ́un Faune by Marie Chouinard; Legend by John Cranko; Ballet 101, by Eric Gauthier, Gnawa and Por vos Muero by Nacho Duato; Sechs Tänze and Petite Mort by Jirí Kylián; Supernova by Marco Goecke; In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated and Workwithinwork von William Forsythe, Le Corsaire Grand Pas de Deux by Petipa; Suite For Two Pianos by Uwe Scholz; Love Fairy and Carmen Pas De Deux, by Marcia Haydée; Talismã Pas de Deux by Pablo Aharonian.
Inês Bogéa is artistic director at São Paulo Dance Company. She attained her PhD in Art (Unicamp, 2007) and currently teaches the major Art Education: Theory and Practice, in the specialization program at Maria Antonia campus of the University of São Paulo.. She is also a writer and documentary filmmaker. From 1989 through 2001 Bogéa was a dancer with Grupo Corpo (Belo Horizonte), and subsequently a dance critic at Folha de S.Paulo newspaper (2001-2007).
She has written three children’s books – O livro da dança (Cia. das Letrinhas, 2002), Contos do balé (Cosac Naify, 2007) and Outros contos do balé (Cosac Naify, 2012). She has also organized the publications Oito ou nove ensaios sobre o Grupo Corpo (Cosac Naify, 2007), Em Cena – Ensaios sobre a São Paulo Companhia de Dança (Martins Fontes, 2012), among other titles. In the field of art education, she has acted as consultant for Escola de Teatro e Dança Fafi (2003-2004) and the Fábricas de Cultura program launched by the State of São Paulo Department of Culture (2007-2008).
Bogéa is the author of more than 35 dance documentary films that include Renée Gumiel, a vida na pele (2005), Maria Duschenes – o espaço do movimento (2006), and the series Figuras da Dança / Figures of Dance (2008-2014).