Created in January 2008 by the Government of the State of São Paulo, São Paulo Dance Company (SPDC) 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 695,000 people in different countries (Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, Germany, Holland, Israel, Italy, Luxembourg, Paraguay, Switzerland, the United States of America, Uruguay, Mexico), experiencing approximately 137 cities, totaling more than 900 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 55 choreographies: 39 commissioned new works* of important names of international dance like Edouard Lock, Richard Siegal and Marco Goecke; Brazilian choreographers, as Rodrigo Pederneiras, Henrique Rodovalho e Jomar Mesquita and 24 restagings** of works from Jirí Kylián, William Forsythe, George Balanchine, Nijinska, Nacho Duato among others.
SPDC searches for a connection with the audience by curiosity and perception of the dance world in motion. The programs show the variety of the repertoire of SPDC and the dynamics of Brazilian dancers. The dancers are versatile and able to move from classical to 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.
The Educational and Audience Formation Programs, another strand of action of SPDC, 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 Performances 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 and a series of 34 documentaries about the History of Dance in Brazil.
*Commissioned works: The Seasons (Édouard Lock); Peekaboo (Marco Goecke); O Sonho de Dom Quixote (Márcia Haydée); Odisseia (Joelle Bouvier); La Sylphide , Le Spectre de La Rose and Swan Lake, (Mario Galizzi); Romeo and Juliet and Balé Pulcinella, (Giovanni di Palma); Six Odd Pearls (Richard Siegal); Inquieto and Melhor Único Dia by Henrique Rodovalho; Bachiana N°1 (Rodrigo Pederneiras);Mamihlapinatapai and Ngali… (Jomar Mesquita); GEN (Cassi Abranches); Litoral (Maurico Wainrot); Petrichor (Thiago Bordin) among others.
**Restagings: Serenade, Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux and Theme and Variations (George Balanchine); Sechs Tänze, Petite Mort, Indigo Rose and 14´20” (Jirí Kylián); In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated and Workwithinwork (William Forsythe); Gnawa and Por Vos Muero (Nacho Duato); Supernova and Firebird Pas de Deux (Marco Goecke); Les Noces (Bronislava Nijinska); Prélude à l'après-midi d´un Faune (Marie Chouinard); Legend (John Cranko); Ballet 101 (Eric Gauthier); Suite For Two Pianos (Uwe Scholz); Love Fairy and Carmen Pas De Deux, (Marcia Haydée) among others.