The noted Brazilian modern dance company Grupo Corpo returns to the Mondavi Center on Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 8 p.m. The program will feature two unusual recent works.
“Ímã,” from 2009, is inspired by the laws of magnetism and set to an electronic score warmed by the sounds of the ocarina and cuîca drum, and samples the kinetic shimmy and bounce of the Lindy hop. Awash in color and light, prismatic group dances give way to solos, pairs and new groups, continuously repelling and attracting and lifting one another aloft.
“Sem Mim,” from 2011, is based on the “Sea of Vigo” song cycle by Martín Codax, dating from the 13th century. “Sem Mim” draws on stories of maidens weeping in the absence of their lovers and professing their sorrows to the sea. The dancers, dressed in tattooed unitards and propelled by the rhythmic score, play with the interchange of calm and fury, like the ebb and flow of ocean waves.
A question-and-answer session with the artists, hosted by Ruth Rosenberg of the Mondavi Center staff, will follow the performance. Tickets are $35-$63, available at www.mondaviarts.org or 530-754-2787.