Viver Brasil Celebrates 20 Years: Agô Ayó - Spirits Rising

Date: September 22, 2017

Viver Brasil celebrates its 20th anniversary with world premiere performances of "Cor Da Pele," choreographed by Marina Magalhães and "Para Onde o Samba Me Leva" choreographed by Vera Passos, as well as Viver Brasil's restaged repertory pieces “Orixas,” “Oxum, Lady of the Sweet Rivers” and “Avaninha.” The evening features new music by Simon Carroll, Kahlil Cummings with Bobby Easton and Fabio Santana performed live.

These works exalt the Afro-Brazilian ancestral wisdom of orixa dance and music, the socially charged dances of frevo, samba and the bloco afro carnival spectacle. The anniversary concert dance event highlights Viver Brasil's joy and jubilance and artistic range as the company deeply explores the contemporary themes of race, gender, resistance and resilience.

Founded in 1997, Viver Brasil pursues its mission with bold dance theatre for the stage; Cooking Samba, an interactive performance that brings electrifying Afro-Brazilian dance, music, and culture to schools and community venues; Samba In The Streets, a series of free workshops that teach celebratory Afro-Brazilian dance and music to youth and adults in diverse communities that include conversations about race, equity and social activism; weekly Community Class which provides Afro-Brazilian dance instruction with live drumming; and Dancing At The Source, the organization’s signature travel program to Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. Viver Brasil is a living bridge for social and artistic exchange between Los Angeles and its Sister City, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil.

You can also visit the event's website at: https://www.fordtheatres.org/calendar/viver-brasil

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