GRUPO CORPO'S name refers to the body -- specifically, the human physique, but also in the larger sense of an unfragmented unit. That is, anyway, how the creators behind the dance company would like you to see their work: as emanating from a single vision, a single force.
In its works, the group -- founded in 1975 -- strives for a unified voice, an effort helped by the fact that artistic director Paulo Pederneiras and chief choreographer Rodrigo Pederneiras are brothers.
"You think one person made it all," says Fernando Velloso, a longtime company member and set designer. "We've been friends for more than 20 years and we've got the same point of view."
Two works will be on the upcoming program at Wolf Trap's Filene Center. "Nazareth" is a tribute to the music of composer Ernesto Nazareth, whose compositions, Velloso says, straddled the realms of popular and classical music.
"The whole work deals with this duality, a certain fin de siecle ambiance in the costumes, movement and sets," he says. The choreography shifts from a balletic style to Brazilian social dance. To evoke the same merging of classical art and pop culture, Velloso has designed more than two dozen huge silver roses, constructed out of canvas, each one several feet across, that are suspended over the stage.
"Parabello" invokes Brazilian popular dancing, and the colors and heat of the country, which is the true source of Grupo Corpo's inspiration. Based in Belo Horizonte, in the center of the country, the company derives its identity and creative juices from the beauty of the landscape and the vibrancy of the people.
"They contribute to give a very special personality to Grupo Corpo," Velloso says. "It's very joyful and colorful."
GRUPO CORPO -- Monday at 8:30 at Wolf Trap's Filene Center, 1624 Trap Rd., Vienna. Call 703/218-6500.