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São Paulo Dance Company set to wow audiences with performances at Southampton Mayflower Theatre

SIZZLING dance routines by the São Paulo Dance Company will bring the Brazilian sunshine to Southampton Mayflower Theatre this month.

The company, which is currently touring the UK and Ireland for the first time, will be onstage in Southampton on 13th and 14th February with a triple bill of contemporary works by some of the world’s leading Spanish and Latin American choreographers.

Founded in 2008, São Paulo Dance Company has produced more than 100 classical and contemporary works, toured nearly 20 countries, and performed to more than 900,000 people.

Sao Paulo Dance Company, Mayflower Theatre
Sao Paulo Dance Company, Mayflower Theatre

The tour features Anthem by Spanish choreographer Goyo Montero, Gnawa by Spain’s Nacho Duato, and Agora by Cassi Abranches, who was born in São Paulo and has recently choreographed part of Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Black Sabbath – The Ballet.

The tour of 14 towns and cities is presented by Dance Consortium, a group of 19 venues across the UK and Ireland who have come together to bring leading contemporary dance companies from across the globe to local audiences.

Artistic director Inês Bogéa said: “São Paulo is a dance company with a very special Brazilian accent.

“We have the passion for dance, we have the energy of Brazil, and we love to share that with audiences around the world.”

Inés, who was the founding director when the company was created by the Brazilian state government 15 years ago, says music and dance are integral to life in her country.

She continued: “Movement and the sensation of dance is so much a part of our culture, we celebrate life through dance.”

“I hope that on this tour the audiences enjoy themselves and feel connected with the energy, emotions and beauty of the dancers. An audience is a very important part of a performance.”

“We are looking forward to showing audiences a little bit of our culture and, through the dance, we will all feel the energy of Brazil.”

Tickets, which cost from £11.50, can be booked by calling 02380 711811 or online at www.mayflower.org.uk

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