The virtuosic dancers of the Brazilian troupe Grupo Corpo carry fire in their veins and history in their muscles. They bring to life — with undulating hips and slip-sliding joints, jittering or stomping feet, and roiling shoulders — the works of house choreographer Rodrigo Pederneiras. His aesthetic commingles Afro-Brazilian forms such as samba, bossa nova, and capoeira with classical ballet and modern dance in pieces inspired by sources as varied as a medieval Galician-Portuguese songbook and Brazil’s arid, scorching Northeast.
That some succeed better than others is no surprise given Pederneiras’s reach. Thursday night’s performance at the Schubert was no exception, with the rousing “Parabelo” (1997) rocking me out of my seat and the repetitive “Sem Mim (Without Me)” (2011) nearly lulling me to sleep.