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Companhia Urbana de Dança

When Companhia Urbana de Dança made its U.S debut at Fall for Dance in 2010, the eyes of even the most been-there-saw-that critics opened wide with amazement.  Founded in Brazil in 2004 by dancer Tiago Sousa and choreographer and Artistic Director Sonia Destri Lie, Companhia Urbana de Dança is an ensemble of performers working to foster the human experience through dance. Destri’s boldly original mix of contemporary Brazilian dance and hip-hop infused both forms with new rigor, meditative one moment, explosive the next. Locating the pure heart of hip-hop, Destri strips it of its easy tricks, bringing it back to its original emotional depth, expressive range, and poetic integrity. Companhia Urbana de Dança has wowed audiences at the world’s leading festivals including Festival de Riccione, Biennale de la Danse de Lyon, Festival Hoptimum, Fall for Dance, and Jacob’s Pillow.


“So Wonderful that it seems miraculous.” –The New York Times
“A marvel of gritty, physical energy. ” –The San Francisco Chronicle
“The Brazilian troupe’s dancers oozed invention and individuality in two very different works”- The Financial Times
“Brazilian troupe revel in pure motion”-The Star-Ledger