Quasar represents movements and expressions of dance that always amaze the audience from a poetic bias and good humored point of view. Its bold, contemporary aesthetics yields choreographies that capture the audience through pure technique. These are the ideals highlighted in the artwork of Quasar Dance Company, which celebrates its 25th anniversary on both the national and international stages in 2013. As one of the foremost representatives of Brazilian dance, Quasar has already performed in over 25 countries and 25 Brazilian states.
At the forefront of the dance company are the co-founders: Vera Bicalho (Director of Production/General Director) and Henrique Rodovalho (Director of Choreography/Artistic Director) – both ex-dancers from the Energia Dance Group, Quasar’s precursor from the early 1980s. By throwing caution to the wind, the partners invested in the creation of their own dance group in 1988 (with dancers in permanent renovation) that is celebrated world-wide today.
From Goiânia, a pioneering city in central Brazil, Quasar transformed itself into an icon of artistic expertise in the established cultural arena and has received plaudits from researchers and art critics from around the world. Its list of awards continues to grow along a path that seeks to present an exclusive repertoire of performances which dialog with the modern world’s diverse languages and also make room for different sensorial interpretations.
With its own uniqueness, Quasar moves smoothly through numerous artistic aesthetical styles with innovative samples and blends of dance that intertwine with different scenic languages, artistic installations, multimedia, interspersed with other props and visual forms of artistic communication. Independently, the company also participates in parallel projects whose main objective is to improve the level of professional dance in addition to educating the audience to better understand artwork guided by a strong and original identity. Quasar stands for artistic pleasure supported by a bold quality seal.
“In Brazil, few dance companies develop the transit between erudite culture and popular Brazilian music as pertinently as Quasar. Few companies like them are dedicated to the construction of a dance corps embodying the urban character of our time. Due to this, the company is able to express its individuality even in a time when modern trends have produced a large number of pasteurized performances. Deeply committed to Brazil – which the company regards as an intertwining of culturally distinct connections – Quasar brings onto the stage a delicious stew in which the esthetics of circus, of comedy, of theatre dance, of melodrama, of pantomime, of sport and video blend together. This blend, in constant flux, receives a seasoning of good humor and wisdom.”
Helena Katz – Dance Critic & Researcher – O Estado de São Paulo Newspaper
“When they first identified as Quasar the dance group they had formed in Goiânia, in 1988, the choreographer Henrique Rodovalho and ex-dancer Vera Bicalho intended to associate to the young cast the name of sources of energy that stand out for the intense bright light and the great capacity for movement. Today, the shine and the expanding career of this company from Goiânia give even more meaning to the name chosen by its founders. With Rodovalho’s repertoire and under the direction of Vera, Quasar is taking over in the new millennium, the consolidated importance in the last two decades by the Corpo dance company, from Belo Horizonte.”
Ana Francisca Ponzio – Dance Critic for the Jornal Valor Econômico
“The possible points of view that Quasar Dance Company shows us are diverse. To watching them means the possibility to dialogue with the cultural diversity that is unique to us; with spaces of sound and movement…with silence; and still with the memory of time, inseparable from the body and woven through a network of interconnections.
Technically irreproachable dancers creatively incorporate a language that is allied with the poetry of life, at times lent from one, at other times given to another…articulated by elements of our local culture that break free beyond borders.”