Viver Brasil was recently selected for a National Dance Project (NDP) Production Grant, a program of the New England Foundation for the Arts. The award of $35,000.00 is designated for the company's new work, "Alaafia" to be developed by VIVER BRASIL for presentation and touring in the U.S. during the 2010-2011 season. This is the company's second NDP grant, the first of which allowed the company to tour the Pacific Northwest and New Mexico and the Southwest in 2007. Viver Brasil just filled the Ford Amphitheater with its latest premiere of Feet on the Ground/Aiye" on July 3, to critical acclaim.
"Alaafia" ÔÇô a tribute to harmonious living ÔÇô will be part of a full evening titled "Feet on the Ground/Alaafia". Featuring live music and dance, this new work includes African orix?ís (deities), ceremonial celebrations, the Brazilian martial arts/dance form of capoeira, and afor?®s, street parading and Carnaval dances. "Feet on the Ground/Alaafia" is set to premier in July 2010 and tour the U.S. from October 2010 to April 2011.
"We are honored and thrilled to receive this award for a second time. The NDP grant will allow us to grow boldly and create new work for touring without the additional burden of financial pressure. Given the current economy, it is more important now than ever to keep our visibility on the national dance circuit." states Viver Brasil's Artistic Director Linda Yudin.
Founded in 1997, the award winning Viver Brasil is rooted in the traditional and contemporary dance forms and techniques of Salvador , Bahia , Brazil and is dedicated to exploring and preserving the passion and theatricality of Afro-Brazilian dance. The company specializes in Afro-Brazilian culture from the Northeastern region of Brazil , (where the African presence is most prominent). Dancers and drummers bring to life the epic, tantalizing stories of the orixa, African deities or spirits that are the pulse of the culture, plus present ecstatic samba, contemporary Afro-Brazilian dance and carnival choreography.
"Feet on the Ground/ Alaafia" is funded by New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project (NDP), with generous support by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the MetLife Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation.