Verde Gaio, the first public Portuguese’s dance company in a nutshell
Francis Graça was an admirer of the Ballets Russes and thought of calling Francis Graça to be the company’s choreographer. The ballet was entitled "O Muro do Derrete" with Carlos Queiroz, the set and costumes were designed by Paulo Ferreira and the music was by Frederico Freitas. It opened during the festivities which celebrated the eighth anniversary of the Foundation of the Portuguese Nation, on the 8th of November, 1940.
In its performances, the Verde Gaio ballet company appealed to the work of set and costume designers and composers from a young generation of Portuguese modernist artists. Thus, consolidated a new aesthetics linking modernity and stylized tradition. Such visual context was the perfect match for the traditional Portuguese legends that inspired the dances’ choreographies.
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