Brazil! Brazil!

4 Stars

****

The company of dancers, singers and musicians have created a dazzling spectacle. They tell the story of the creation of Brazilian popular culture which has carnival, samba and football as the unifying factors that transcend poverty and politics.

The centrepiece of the show is the troupe of 5 male dancers cum acrobats who give stunning displays of athleticism and timing. One of the troupe gives the narration as they trace the dance forms from the earliest folk roots, through the African slave influences to the contemporary capoeira, a fusing of dance and martial arts. They whirl, spin and somersault to the accompaniment of Rhythm Carnival who provide a full and dynamic sound with the emphasis on percussion.

They are rightly proud of their football heritage and it is a nice touch to mention the influence of Scots in bringing the game to Brazil. There is a little bit of football keepy-uppy amidst all the physical action. Between the dance routines, the female singers perform seductively; swaying hips in short tight skirts.

The finale brings all the elements together creating a breathtaking carnival atmosphere with the audience clapping in time and cheering the individual talents on display.

Reviewed by Ben

Venue; Venue Number                  Udderbelly’s Pasture; V300

Dates                                                  5 to 30 August 2010 (not 16)

Times                                                 18.55 to 19.55

Fringe Programme Page Number: 144

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