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Photos: 'Batuque' blends Afro-Brazilian dance and capoeira martial arts

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Contempo Physical Dance
Founder Marciano Silva dos Santos says his goal for Contempo Physical Dance "is to be internationally recognized for our blend of Afro-Brazilian dance, capoeira and contemporary work."
MPR Photo/Nikki Tundel

Contempo Physical Dance hits the Cowles Center stage in Minneapolis (Feb. 1-3) with the world premiere of "Batuque."

Contempo was founded by Marciano Silva dos Santos, a native of Brazil. The company blends contemporary movements with Afro-Brazilian dance and capoeira martial arts. Photographer Nikki Tundel captured Contempo's final rehearsals before opening night.