Backdrop study for the ballet Rudá

Iberê Camargo1959

Iberê Camargo Foundation

Iberê Camargo Foundation
Porto Alegre, Brazil

A series of drawings, costume studies and set designs commissioned from Iberê in 1959 for a staging of Heitor Villa Lobos’s Ballet Rudá. The performance did not take place.
The Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959) wrote the Symphonic Poem and Ballet Rudá in 1951. This two-act musical composition is an historical representation of the races of the New World. The composer considered Rudá, the title of the work, together with the God of Love in Marajoara mythology, to symbolise this idea in all the pre-Columbian civilisations of the New Continent.


  • Title: Backdrop study for the ballet Rudá
  • Creator: Iberê Camargo
  • Date Created: 1959
  • Location Created: Rio de Janeiro, RJ
  • Physical Dimensions: 24,3 x 42 cm
  • Rights: © Fundação Iberê Camargo
  • Medium: Gouache on paper
  • Credit: © Fábio Del Re_VivaFoto
  • Collection: Acervo Fundação Iberê
  • Accession number: D2983

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