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BALE FOLCLORICO DA BAHIA, 11/6

October 29, 2004
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS WELCOMES BACK THE THRILLING AND COLORFUL
BALÉ FOLCLORICO DA BAHIA
PERFORMING BRAZILIAN RHAPSODY
Saturday, November 6, 8PM


Fairfax, Virginia, October 4, 2004—Formed in 1988 in Northern Brazilian state of Bahia, the 38-member Balé Folclórico da Bahia is the only professional folk dance company in Brazil. The company has achieved considerable international success, and amazed Center for the Arts audiences in its previous appearance here. The company presents BRAZILIAN RHAPSODY, a varied body of work during its performance at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts on Saturday, November 6 at 8PM.

This pulse-pounding, vibrant performance includes portrayals of the natural beauty of Brazil, its historic periods, the classic samba, and, of course the daring and heart-stopping capoiera – the martial arts inspired dance brought to its shores by Angolan slaves. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticketholders is held 45-minutes prior to the curtain on the hall’s Grand Tier.

The company, under the inspired direction of co-founder Walson Botelho, with its dancers, musicians and singers, represents the culture, the traditions, the beliefs, the history, the colors, the music, and the movements of the people of Bahia.

José Carlos Arandiba, Artistic Director, has worked with the company in this capacity since 1992. A former solo performer with the Contemporary Dance Group at the Federal University of Bahia, he is an internationally recognized teacher and director whose work has been seen on television in France, Germany, and Holland. He has also choreographed for several European-based companies

"BRAZILIAN RHAPSODY"

BOI-BUMBÁ
Choreography: Amélia Conrado
Music: Amazonian Folklore
XAXADO
Choreography: Amélia Conrado
Music: José Ricardo Sousa and North-east Folklore

GINGA
Choreography: Rosângela Silvestre
Music: José Ricardo Sousa

MARACATU RURAL
Choreography: Amélia Conrado
Music: North-east Folklore

MACULELÊ
Choreography: Walson Botelho
Music: Bahian Folklore

SAMBA DE RODA
Choreography: Walson Botelho
Staging: Walson Botelho and José Carlos Arandiba
Music: Bahian Folklore

CAPOEIRA
Staging: Walson Botelho and José Carlos Arandiba
Music: Bahian Folklore

AFIXIRÊ
Choreography: Rosângela Silvestre
Music: Antônio Portella and Jorge Paim

SAMBA REGGAE
Choreography: José Carlos Arandiba and the company
Music: from the songs of Bahia’s carnaval

THIS SHOW CONTAINS PARTIAL NUDITY OF A NON-SEXUAL NATURE

Tickets for BALÉ FOLCLORICO DA BAHIA are $44, $36, $22. Family Friendly! All children, 12 and under, half price! Charge by phone at 703-218-6500 or visit www.tickets.com. The Center for the Arts complex is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the mainstage Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university lot K. Visit www.gmu.edu/cfa

GREAT PERFORMANCES AT MASON is a program of George Mason University’s Center for the Arts, the professional presenting arm of the College of Visual and Performing Arts. The College of Visual and Performing Arts exists to create an academic environment in which the arts may be considered both as individual disciplines and as interdisciplinary forms that strengthen each other. Believing that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the College draws on a variety of professional presenting and producing units where artists from across the country and around the world regularly perform, give master classes, work with students during extended residencies, and interact with the community in a variety of other ways. These programs at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall, TheaterSpace, Galleries, Harris Theater, and other venues, provide a diverse selection of challenging and entertaining cultural experiences for the University community, as well as Northern Virginia and the greater Washington, D.C. area. The College houses four academic departments: Art and Visual Technology, Dance, Music and Theater.