RIO 2016: Versatility is another important characteristic and this was put to the test by dancers from the Companhia Urbana de Dança who, dressed in the Games uniforms, put on a dance show consisting of break dance, samba, contemporary, jazz and hip hop at the launch event….
Whether in solos or sudden waves of running or walking, they move with a softness I recognise from other Brazilian forms, such as capoeira. ID: Entidades has stripped hip-hop of its bravado and made it as eerie as breathing.
The dancers blended their individual specialties into a rigorous though never rigid progress from meditative to explosive. There was an idea in charge, but not an agenda. Will hip-hop prove to be the liberating force that can invigorate today’s dance, rescuing it from pretension and exhaustion?