Project Description

What status does a work of art still hold in the digital era? To what extent processes like remixing, sampling and mash-ups are recognized as basic procedures for artistic creation? In their most recent work, Bruno Beltrão and Grupo de Rua de Niterói celebrate the process of cultural diffusion made easier by new information technologies. CRACKz (which refers to cracking protected software) is based on a series of actions randomly chosen on the Internet by the dancers. The only requirement was that they should choose videos they felt like copying, regardless of aesthetic value. After that, they spent a year rehearsing 28 clips with this “repertoire of humankind’s gestures”. CRACz marks Bruno Beltrão’s return to Panorama after four years.

Bruno Beltrão is one the most praised choreographers of his generation. In 2010, he received The Bessies award in New York City. With Grupo de Rua de Niterói, of which he was one of the founders in 1996, he proposes creative and intelligent deconstructions of the world of street dancing. His company is now one of the most important ones in the European scene, with six pieces presented in 29 countries on their résumé. Since 2011, the company is sponsored by Petrobras.

Directing, coreography and production: Bruno Beltrão
Directing’s assistance: Ugo Alexandre
Lightning: Bruno Beltrão e Tiedo Wilschut
With: Bárbara Lima, Bruno Duarte, Cleidson Seabra ‘Neguin’, Jonathan Canito, Joseph Antonio, Leandro Gomes ‘Skillo’, Leonardo Ciriaco, Leonardo Galvão, Luiz Carlos Gadelha ‘Maluquinho’, Olye Souza, Ronielson Araújo ‘Kapu’, Samuel Lima ‘Chairspin’, Tito Lacerda and Thiago Amorim
Light engineering: Bas – Bossinade Lightworks / Holanda
Music: The Vladislav Delay Quartet
Philosophy: Dr. Charles Feitosa
Fisioteurapist: Dyanne Sant’anna
Cook: Vanessa Almeida
Sponsor: Petrobras
Co-production: KunstenFestivaldesArts (Bruxelas), Tanz im August (Berlin), HAU (Berlin), Hellerau – European Center for the Arts Dresden, Kampnagel (Hamburgo), Ruhrtriennale and PACT Zollverein (Essen), Wexner Center for the Arts (Ohio), Wiener Festwochen (Viena) , Holland Festival (Amsterdam), Festival d’Automne à Paris, Théâtre de la Ville (Paris)
Support: Clube Naval Charitas
Special thanks: João Marcos Beltrão e Norma Cássia Beltrão, Christophe Slagmuylder, Marie Collin, Mathias Pees, Dieter Jaenicke e Carmen Mehnert, Stefan Scheuermann, Stefan Hilterhaus, Chuck Helm, Bettina Masuch, Associação Fluminense Santa Rosa, Clementino, Tânia Rodrigues, Flávio Chame