Sadler’s Wells Theatre, EC1R 4TN Tues­day 22 & Wed­nes­day 23 Novem­ber Tick­ets: £20 — £25

Tick­et Office: 020 7863 8000 or

Brazili­an cho­reo­graph­er Bruno Beltrão brings his new work by Grupo de Rua to Sadler’s Wells Theatre on Tues­day 22 & Wed­nes­day 23 Novem­ber.

Against the back­drop of Jair Bolsonaro’s far-right policies, cel­eb­rated Brazili­an cho­reo­graph­er Bruno Beltrão’s new work nego­ti­ates indis­sol­uble con­flicts and viol­ent social con­tra­dic­tions, as an urb­an dance battle between encounter and con­front­a­tion, aggres­sion and excess, hos­til­ity, solid­ar­ity and mutu­al­ity.

With high jumps, head spins and sum­mer­saults, fast kicks and twirl­ing twists, this work is char­ac­ter­ised by phys­ic­al vehe­mence and an ana­lyt­ic under­stand­ing of music and space.

Over the course of the last two dec­ades, Beltrão has revolu­tion­ised hip hop by blend­ing styles and pos­tures of urb­an dance with con­tem­por­ary dance prin­ciples. His cho­reo­graph­ies are pop­u­lar and polit­ic­al.

Beltrão’s pre­vi­ous cre­ation Inoah (2017) seemed to pre­dict the soci­et­al shift of Jair Bolsonaro’s access to power. In this new cre­ation, he makes a power­ful and touch­ing work that bears wit­ness to his coun­try while in the grip of ultra-right forces.

Through a suc­ces­sion of short scenes, Beltrão presents epis­odes of Brazili­an street life, includ­ing bird­song, work­shop ham­mers and city noise. With this format, the cho­reo­graph­er depicts a vibrant image of a com­munity in move­ment. The hip hop scene is set, reflect­ing the roots of a prac­tice that has now made its way centre stage.

Photo © Wonge Bergmann

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Rishma Dhaliwal

Rishma Dhaliwal

Edit­or / PR Con­sult­ant at No Bounds
Rishma Dhali­w­al has extens­ive exper­i­ence study­ing and work­ing in the music and media industry. Hav­ing writ­ten a thes­is on how Hip Hop acts as a social move­ment, she has spent years research­ing and con­nect­ing with artists who use the art form as a tool for bring­ing a voice to the voice­less. Cur­rently work­ing in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media know­ledge to I am Hip Hop and oth­er pro­jects by No Bounds.

About Rishma Dhaliwal

Rishma Dhaliwal
Rishma Dhaliwal has extensive experience studying and working in the music and media industry. Having written a thesis on how Hip Hop acts as a social movement, she has spent years researching and connecting with artists who use the art form as a tool for bringing a voice to the voiceless. Currently working in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media knowledge to I am Hip Hop and other projects by No Bounds.