LA troupe to bring Brazilian dance to campus

Release Date: 10/26/2010

Clarksville, Ark. --- The dance company Viver Brasil will bring its rousing Feet on the Ground tour to University of the Ozarks at 3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 7, in the Walton Fine Arts Center as part of the university's 2010-2011 Walton Arts & Ideas Series.

Tickets for the event are $10 each and can be purchased at the box office on the afternoon of the event or by calling 979-1346. Viver Brasil will also be hosting a Samba Masterclass at 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 6, at the university. The dance class is free and open to anyone who would like to attend. No dance experience is necessary.

The Los Angeles-based dance company takes audiences on an inspiring cultural journey through Brazil, with a dazzling program of African orixás (deities), ceremonial celebrations, and the Brazilian martial arts dance of capoeira and carnival. The performance showcases exhilarating Afro-Brazilian traditional and contemporary dance, stunning costumes and spirited percussion and vocals in a display that is, according to LA Weekly, “breathless and colorful … (a) vibrant swirl of motion and music.”

Viver Brasil was founded in Los Angeles in 1997 by Artistic Director Linda Yudin and Co-Director and Choreographer/Musician Luiz Badaró. The award-winning dance company is rooted in the traditional and contemporary forms and techniques of Salvador, the capitol of Bahia, Brazil, with its strong cultural ties to West Africa. Its innovative stage presentations explore Brazil’s racial, social and political history and are living extensions of the history of Afro-Brazilian dance on stage.

For more information on the event or to purchase tickets, please call WAIS Director Ginny Sain at 979-1346.

Viver Brasil Dance Company

Viver Brasil will be on campus on November 7 to take the audience on an inspiring journey through Brazil's cultural history.