CORDA FRICCIONADA (BOWED STRING) by Clébio Oliveira
Clébio Oliveira is a choreographer from Natal, in the Northeast of Brazil who has torn down all boundaries with his art. Inspired by Luiz Gonzaga’s one hundredth celebration and by the sound of cello strings, he has created “Corda Friccionada” (Bowed String), a contemporary dance presentation by the Niterói Ballet Company, with songs by Luiz Gonzaga and musical arrangements by Ricardo Medeiros, a perfect blend for a majestic show.
The Niterói Ballet Company was founded in 1992, a major enterprise of the Niterói City Hall, and has been highly acclaimed by critics and public alike for its exquisite and bold choreographies, thus becoming a source of excellence in artistic creation and production. The NBC displays in its resume a wide repertoire of great choreographers of national and international fame, and it has performed in more than 20 Brazilian states and overseas.
“Corda Friccionada” is the result of the reunion between this fine company and one of the most important, creative and perfect artists in the Brazilian pop music scenario – Luiz Gonzaga – and to the classic and traditional erudite quality of cello music.
This show stemmed from the desire to display in movements all the tension created by the bowed strings of a cello, which will translate into beauty and art. There’s a parallel drawn with contemporary life, where tension shows in the most routine situations, nevertheless creating renewed possibilities and realizations.
© Paul A. Machado 2017