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Grupo de RuaKNOXVILLE — Dancers from the Brazilian hip-hop dance company Grupo de Rua will visit the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tuesday, Feb. 16, as part of the 2009-2010 Cultural Attractions Series.

Grupo de Rua will perform at 7:30 p.m. at the Bijou Theatre, located at 803 S. Gay St. Tickets are $5 for students with UT ID, $20 for faculty and staff with UT ID and $25 for the public. Tickets will be available at the door, but may still be reserved through, by phone at 865-656-4444 or in person at the University Center Central Ticket Office.

Grupo de Rua was founded in 1996 by artistic director Bruno Beltrão. The troupe exhibits a distinctly contemporary sensibility, combining Beltrão’s lifelong passion for street dance and his study of the innovative contemporary process. Originally known as the Grupo de Rua Niterói, the dance company began touring in 1996 with the Midnight Circus, an alternative circus troupe known for its lack of animals and for building shows around dangerous themes and high-risk stunts.

Grupo de Rua is considered “one of the most creative of the new generation” by O Globo, Brazil’s second-largest newspaper. They have toured internationally since 2001, including performances in Paris, Lisbon, Belgium and Berlin. The 2009-2010 season is the company’s U.S. debut.

Each year UT Knoxville’s Cultural Attractions Series brings top-notch performing arts to the campus and community. Highlighting diverse music and dance programs, past performers include the Moscow Festival Ballet, Irish troupe Gaelic Storm and the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. Other 2009-2010 events have included the Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain, Edgar Meyer Trio; the Lakota Sioux Dance Theatre and the Idan Raichel Project. The final event of this year’s series, Tao: The Martial Art of Drumming, will take place on Wednesday, April 7. For more information on the 2009-2010 Cultural Attractions Series, visit

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