Bill Cameron


Contempo Physical Dance: Vulcao

Daily from Feb. 16-17
7:30 p.m.

For several years, Brazilian-born Marciano Silva dos Santos thrilled Twin Cities audiences as a member of TU Dance. At the same time, his stately, dynamic presence was also recognized by the American Folkloric Society, which named him an artist of significant and exceptional talent. It was time to create his own dance company, which he founded with his partner and fellow dancer/choreographer, Jenny Pennaz. They’ve been igniting stages ever since with their singular blend of Afro-Brazilian dance, capoeira, and contemporary movement. Vulcão is a new work that will have its premiere this winter. Created by dos Santos, composer Divanir Antonio Gattamorta, and the athletically inclined dancers, the fiery work conjures images of hot flowing lava, shifting tectonic plates, and rocky terrain that is both unyielding and foundational. Expect the dancers not only to seemingly push past the limits of their physicality, but to take viewers beyond traditional notions of Brazilian dance into a world of choreographic ingenuity.