Companhia Urbana de Danca
March 3 - 6
Artistic Director Sonia Destri Lie discovered her passion for hip-hop and b-boying while working in Germany as a contemporary, classical ballet, and jazz instructor. For its Joyce debut, the company performs two powerhouse works revealing the imaginative handiwork of a choreographer who “has dissected hip-hop and dismantled its trickery…to show how the dance form…could enter into the realm of art.” The New York Times.
Focus Cia de Danca
March 8 - 10
One of Brazil’s most heralded dance companies makes its U.S. debut at The Joyce with As canções que você dançou pra mim (The Songs You Danced For Me), a romantic romp set to the music of Grammy Award-winning Brazilian singer-songwriter Roberto Carlos, whose fifty-year career, starting with his Elvis Presley-influenced songs, has made him a true Brazilian legend. Spanning the years from the 60’s to the 90’s, the songs create the perfect backdrop for the four pairs of dancers who act out an enthralling narrative in this musical scene.
March 12 - 16
For over thirty years, DanceBrazil has dazzled audiences with its trademark speed, power, precision, and driving original scores by Brazilian composers. “Glowing enthusiastically as they let rip at highest energy,” (The New York Times), the dancers show that there is simply nothing quite like DanceBrazil’s fusion of contemporary dance, Afro-Brazilian movement, and Capoeira, the traditional martial arts rooted in the streets of Brazil and, before that, in the colonial slave experience.