In 1988, choreographer Rodrigo Pederneiras had a career-defining moment: ''I started thinking about what it would be like to make a dance that would be more inside our body.'' Grupo Corpo, now making its Houston debut courtesy of the Society for the Performing Arts, has been exploring that idea ever since. Pederneiras, part of the family that founded the Grupo Corpo dance troupe, incorporates elements of classical ballet, capoeira, samba and ballroom dance into his contemporary choreography in what’s been called ''an intensely Brazilian way.'' The Grupo Corpo style is easily identifiable, marked by loose-jointed, swiveling hips and swift and precise footwork, with low leaps and lifts. The dancers are often attired in bodysuits that have been painted with various signs and symbols.
During its two-day Houston run, the company presents ímã (which means ''magnet'' in Portuguese) and Sem Mim (which means ''without me'' in Portuguese). ímãis set to a jazzy score by the Brazilian trio +2, while Sem Mim features an original score composed by Carlos Núñez, a traditional Galician bagpipe player.
March 14-15, 8 p.m., 2013