Dois Pontos applies theatrical techniques to dance performance, blending dance and sign language in such a way that the narrative and choreographic compositions form a poetic whole. They build on popular Afro-Brazilian dance with ballet, folk dance, acrobatics, and contemporary dance techniques. They enrich all of those traditions with the visual vernacular techniques of sign language storytelling. And all of these pulse with rhythms that reflect the cultural weaves of Brazil, including samba, forró, and tango. In this way, the troupe addresses accessibility, inclusion, and diversity of several types. Its performances are accessible to audiences that are deaf and/or hearing.
All events are offered in person, with artists appearing virtually. No dance or signing experience is required.
Workshop on Dancing with Sign Languages:
Wednesday, Sept. 22, 4:30–5:30 p.m., the Boyer Dance Studio of LPAC
The dancers will work with participants on the creation of dance using Libras (the sign language of Brazil) and Brazilian social dances.
Social Dance Masterclass:
Thursday, Sept. 23, 4:30–5:30 p.m., Dome Room, Hormel-Nguyen Intercultural Center
The dancers will teach popular Brazilian dance, including salsa, samba, and zouk.
Video Presentation of 1717:
Friday, Sept. 24, 7 p.m., Pearson-Hall Theatre, LPAC
After praying to the Madonna for good luck, three Brazilian fishermen cast their nets into a river and hauled out a black statue of the saint — followed by numerous fish. The statue of the Black Madonna became a symbol of hope for the poor, and this saint became the patron of Brazil. 1717 is a theater-dance performance inspired by that history, pulling together the country’s diverse racial, ethnic, and religious traditions.
Q&A with the Artists:
Friday, Sept. 24, 8:15 p.m., Pearson-Hall Theatre, LPAC