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CRACKz (Dança morta)

Bruno Beltrão, Grupo de rua de Niterói

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Young Brazilian choreographer Bruno Beltrão and his Grupo de Rua de Niterói delighted audiences all over the world with their previous works H2 and H3. Now, for the first time, they are visiting the Holland Festival with a new piece CRACKz (Dança morta) (Dead dance). Beltrão grew up with street-dance and later studied contemporary dance and philosophy. His radical choreographies are rooted in the explosive physicality of hip hop. In his work, Beltrão brilliantly abstracts everyday reality using a very contemporary language of dance. The prominent dance magazine Ballettanz voted Beltrão ‘rising star choreographer of the year’.


Beltrão's special brand of hip hop is physical and agressive, with strains of capoeira and lyrical movement.

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Background information

The new dance performance CRACKz (Dança morta) (Dead Dance) by the Brazilian choreographer Bruno Beltrão (1979) combines the language, movements and rituals of the street with challenging modern dance. In CRACKz (Dança morta), Beltrão proves himself a master of deconstructing conventional street dance and hip-hop, mixing the iconic breakdance movements of breaking, popping & locking with influences from martial arts dance capoeira and the experimental zeal and conceptual approach of contemporary dance. The result is a hypnotic experience.

In his choreographies, Beltrão foregoes the – often superficial bravado of hip-hop and reveals the vulnerable side of his dancers. The minimalist, restrained gestures of the dancers are alternated with explosive, fluent collective movements and virtuoso solo sequences. A unique movement language.

As a 16 year old, Beltrão and his kindred spirit Rodrigo Bernardi formed the dance group Grupo de Rua de Niterói (The Street Gang from Niterói, GRN) in 1996. They were a group of friends who were breakdancers from the streets of Niterói, a suburb of Rio de Janeiro. In 2000, Beltrão was accepted at the dance faculty of the Centro Universitário da Cidade. In 2001 he made his debut in the contemporary Rio dance scene with his performance From Popping to Pop. With their spectacular productions H2 (2006) and H3 (2008) GRN performed at various international festivals and Beltrão was hailed as a great talent.

In CRACKz (Dança morta) everyday actions and gestures are abstracted in a breath taking fashion. At the same time, this abstraction is illuminating: the people, the possibilities and the myths of life on the streets are concentrated into a collective, fused stream of movement. Beltrão: “There's a lot of fundamentalism and narrowmindedness within hip-hop. Dancers are not easily persuaded to deviate from the established patterns. We are interested in this technical, formal side of hip-hop, but we're not obsessed by it. In our performances the transformation is central. We're constantly looking for new encounters between international urban dance and contemporary art. In this, we create scenes full of universal human gestures, in a dance performance without roots or homeland. CRACKz (Dança morta) is such a nomadic experience.”

CRACKz (Dança morta) will premiere this year at the Kunstenfestivaldesarts in Brussels. The last time Beltrão’s work could be seen in the Netherlands was in 2009, when his production H3 was performed at the Noorderzon and Springdance festivals. CRACKz (Dança morta) will be his debut at the Holland Festival.


The Brazilian choreographer and director Bruno Beltrão (1979) grew up in Niterói, a suburb of Rio de Janeiro. From childhood he was fascinated by film and 3D computer animation. At the age of 13, he discovered dance and hip-hop. A year later he met the Israeli dance teacher Yoram Szabo, who taught him street dance. At age 16 he and Rodrigo Bernardi jointly set up the dance group Grupo de Rua de Niterói (GRN). The group performed at hip-hop festivals, took part in dance competitions and appeared in a number of television shows. In 2000 Beltrão was accepted at the dance faculty of the Centro Universitário da Cidade in Rio de Janeiro. He made his debut within the contemporary dance scene of Rio de Janeiro with From Popping to Pop (2001). This piece was followed by Me and my choreographer in 63", with dancer Eduardo ‘Willow’ Hermanson. That same year Bernardi left the group and Beltrão took over. Since, GRN has performed in 29 countries. Beltrão's choreographies have won many prizes, including a Bessie Award, the jury prize of the Syndicat Professionnel de la Critique de Théâtre, Musique et Dance and the award for choreography of the Associação Paulista de Criticos de Artes.


direction, choreography
Bruno Beltrão
Grupo de Rua de Niterói
assistant to the director
Ugo Alexandre
Bárbara Lima
Bruno Duarte
Cleidson Almeida
Jonathan Canito
Joseph Antonio
Luiz Carlos Gadelha
Leonardo Galvão
Leonardo Laureano
Leandro Rodrigues
Leandro Rodrigues
Ronielson Araujo ‘Kapu’
Samuel Lima
Sid Souza
Thiago Lacerda
Dyanne Magalhães
Charles Feitosa
Vanessa Almeida
Wiener Festwochen
Tanzquartier Wien
Tanz in August
Ruhrtriennale & PACT Zollverein
Wexner Center for the Arts
Holland Festival
Festival d'Automne à Paris
Théâtre de la Ville
with thanks to
Petrobras - Petroleo Brasileiro

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