BALÉ FOLCLÓRICO DA BAHIA
Lola Productions & UTEP present
A Mardi Gras Celebration
Balé Folclórico da Bahia (BFB) bursts into the Sun City for evening performances on February 25th & 26th as part of their 2011 North American tour. Known for their sensuous moves, vibrant costumes, and scintillating rhythms, Balé Folclórico da Bahia performs traditional ‘Bahian’ folkloric dance forms including slave dances, capoeira (a form of martial arts), samba, and those that celebrate Carnival. The diverse troupe of 38 dancers, musicians, and singers brings together this wide variety of dance styles into one grand performance rich in color, sound and movement. The strong historic influence of the African slaves, Portuguese people and Indígena natives created a rich mixed culture in which the stroll, the smile, the flirtation, the glance, the face, the voice, the skin and the color of the Bahian people are unique in the world. This rich variety of influences is translated into a contemporary theatrical vision of several Bahian folktales, as well as modern forms such as Samba Reggae. The stage show of Balé Folclórico da Bahia will have the audience in awe.
Balé Folclórico da Bahia made its European debut in 1992 when it participated in Berlin’s Alexander Platz International Festival and drew an audience of 50,000. It’s most prestigious international engagement to date has been a spectacularly successful appearance at the Biennale de la Danse in Lyon, France. From among the cover companies from four continents participating, the “New York Times” commented that this Brazilian company exemplified the festival’s celebration of African-derived dance. Most recently, BFB performed for the opening ceremony 2010 FIFA World Cup tournament in South Africa.
Balé Folclórico da Bahia at UTEP’s Magoffin Auditorium, February 25 & 26, 2011. Tickets to both of the 8:00 PM shows are available at UTEP Ticket Office, (915)747-5234, all Ticketmaster locations, HYPERLINK “http://www.ticketmaster.com” www.ticketmaster.com, or charge by phone (800)745-3000, ticket prices are $36.00 & $41.00.