Bal?® Folcl??rico da Bahia

Brazilian Nites presents Bal?® Folcl??rico da Bahia and the U.S. Premiere of "Sacred Heritage" March 12th

Published on LatinoLA: February 25, 2011

Bal?® Folcl??rico da Bahia

Brazilian Nites proudly presents from the Brazilian state of Bahia, Bal?® Folcl??rico da Bahia in the U.S. Premiere of "Sacred Heritage" on Saturday March 12, 2011 at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre.

From the Brazilian state of Bahia and back in Los Angeles for the first time in SEVEN years, Bal?® Folcl??rico da Bahia performs a spectacular cultural repertoire of Afro-Brazilian dances. With mesmerizing choreography of high back kicks, flips and spins, feverous rhythms and the boundless energy of rapid fire footwork, the troupe's world renowned 24 dancers PLUS musicians and singers evoke the heartbeat of their nation. Colorful Carnaval dances, acrobatic capoeira and martial arts and the irrepressible samba erupt onstage. This performance contains partial nudity.

This exciting new program mixes new repertoire with classic favorites Afixire and Capoeira plus the U.S. premiere of "SACRED HERITAGE," a new work with roots in the polytheistic religion of Candomble ÔÇô the sacred energies of nature ÔÇô in a dance that evokes the African gods that slaves in Brazil honored in order to stay connected to their identity and culture.

Bal?® Folcl??rico was formed in 1988 by Walson Botleho and Ninho Reis and is the only professional folk dance company in Brazil. Under the artistic director, Jose Carlos Arandiba, the 38- member ensemble of dancers, musicians and singers perform a kaleidoscopic repertoire based on Bahian dances of African origin including: slave dances, capoeira, samba and Carnaval choreography. The company presents the regions most important cultural manifestations under a contemporary theatrical vision that reflects its popular origins. Bal?® Folcl??rico made its debut in 1988 at the Joinville Dance Festival in Brazil and was awarded the prize for Best Performance of the Year by the Ministry of Culture that same year. The company made its European debut in 1992 at the Berlin Alexanderplatz International Festival followed by the Biennale de la Danse in Lyon in 1992. Their U.S. debut in 1995 resulted in a series of sold out shows across the U.S. ÔÇô more than 200 performances in over 90 cities in North America alone. The troupe has continued their success and traveled the globe, becoming known as one of the world's top folkloric dance ensembles with recent tours of France, Germany, Switzerland and South America.

Patricia and Gilberto Leao, Producers from Brazilian Nites Productions, have brought LA the best of Brazilian talent since 1990. They are producers of upcoming BRAZILAN CARNAVAL on March 5 at Club Nokia.

Tickets are $25, $35, $45 for general admission and $65 for preferred seating. Group discounts are available by calling (818) 566-1111. Purchase General Admission and VIP Seating tickets by calling (818) 566-1111 or visit www.BrazilianNites.com or http://www.eventbrite.com. The Wilshire Ebell is located at 4401 West 8th Street Los Angeles, CA 90005. Parking on site.

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