Dança Brazil: Balé Folclórico da Bahia comes to San Antonio
There’s something undeniably seductive about Brazilian music and dance. Whether it’s the upbeat and sexy samba, the bewitching bossa nova or the exciting and theatrical folclorico, it weaves together its unique musical and cultural heritages to tell the story of its peoples.
This week, San Antonians have an extraordinary opportunity to see it all come to life as ARTS San Antonio presents Balé Folclórico da Bahia, Sacred Heritage. The company brings its 38 dancers, musicians and singers to the stage as they perform pieces from a number of different regions and styles including capoeira, Afro-Brazilian dance and Carnival, to name a few.
Growing up, I was lucky to be exposed to world music and international dance. Some of my favorite memories are of those spent in dance studios in my ballet slippers, tap shoes, character shoes, flamenco shoes, and Mexican folklorico shoes and zapateado boots. And, my home was filled with the sounds of Mexico, Colombia, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Spain, Venezuela, Argentina, the U.S. and Brazil. But from that wide array, it was the sounds of Brazil that were among my favorites and introduced me to Brazilian lore and lifestyles.
During the performance, Balé Folclórico da Bahia tells those stories. In Fishermen’s Dance, the company pays tribute to Iemanjá (or Yemanja), the goddess of the sea, in a dance from the Bahian tradition. In Oxala’s Court, we are introduced to the Orixás (or Orishas), the gods and goddesses of the Yoruba, and through that Candoble, we see the intersection of the Brazilian Portuguese and African traditions. The performance also includes variations on samba, capoeira and contemporary Brazilian dance music.
Take a look:
Don’t miss this chance to experience the beauty of Brazilian song and dance.
Balé Folclórico da Bahia, Sacred Heritage
Thursday, January 12, 2017
Lila Cockrell Theatre
610 E. Market St.
San Antonio, TX 78205
Phone: (210) 226-2891
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Buy one ticket to Balé Folclórico da Bahia and get the second free! Offer valid until Wednesday, January 11 at 5 p.m. Click below for more information and to buy.
Images courtesy of ARTS San Antonio.