Balé Folclórico da Bahia

Balé Folclórico da Bahia

The only professional folk dance company of its kind in Brazil, Balé Folclórico da Bahia has celebrated massive success in its nearly thirty-year history. Under the artistic direction of José Carlos Arandiba, the 38-member company includes dancers, musicians, and singers that reflect the best in Bahian folkloric art. Hailing from Bahia in northern Brazil, which is said to be the “most African part of Brazil,” the company draws from its African roots, and includes capoeira, samba, and all the excitement and color of the legendary Brazilian celebration of Carnival. Balé Folclórico da Bahia performs with an understanding of the rich heritage and culture they present, all viewed through a contemporary vision. This irresistible troupe is beloved for its fiery, intense dancing and unstoppable energy.



DANÇA DE ORIGEM (Origin Dance)

Choreography: Augusto Omolú

Music: Antônio Portella

Based on a legend depicting the creation of the Universe as interpreted by Candomblé, the African religion brought to Brazil by the slaves during the colonial period (16th and 17th centuries) and still practiced today in Bahia: “The Supreme God, Oxalá, with His sons, formed the Universe from a mixture of sacred powder and water”.


PUXADA DE REDE (Fishermen’s Dance)

Choreography: Walson Botelho

Music: Bahian Folklore

A popular demonstration, still seen on the beaches of Bahia, in which Iemanjá, the Goddess of the sea, is invoked by the fishermen and their wives who, through their dances and songs, ask for an abundant catch.



Choreography: Walson Botelho

Music: Bahian Folklore

A dramatic dance which originated in the sugar cane plantations of Bahia during the Brazil’s colonial period and was danced by the slaves to celebrate a good harvest. Maculelê, due to its potential for violence, was also used as a means of defense by slaves against their owners.



Choreography: Walson Botelho

Staging: Walson Botelho and José Carlos Arandiba

Music: Bahian Folklore

The most popular dance and rhythm in Bahia, the samba first appeared in Brazil as an entertainment practiced by the slaves during their leisure hours.



Staging: Walson Botelho and José Carlos Arandiba

Music: Bahian Folklore

A form of martial art which originated in Africa and, during the colonial period, was brought to Brazil by slaves from Angola.



Choreography: Rosângela Silvestre

Music: Antônio Portella and Jorge Paim

Meaning “Dance of Happiness” in Yorubá, language of West Africa. This dance is a homage to all African countries that influenced and formed the Brazilian culture. A festival of rythms, sounds, colors and movements that show the sensuality and spirit of the Bahian people.



Choreography: José Carlos Arandiba and the company

Music: Songs of Bahia’s Carnaval

The most recent form of the Bahian Carnaval´s rhythm. Samba Reggae is a mixture of Afro-Bahian rhythms such as afoxé, ijexá, and samba duro with a Caribbean influence and the reggae.


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