MAILED: Feb. 9, 2001
As part of the Artists Series, the Roots of Brazil dance company will perform Monday, Feb. 26, at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
One of the leading folkloric dance troupes in the United States, the ensemble will share the regions vibrant music and dance idioms in its production titled Afro Bahia at 7:30 p.m. in Zorn Arena.
The heritage of Brazil is rooted in the varied cultures of indigenous, Portuguese, African, European and Asian peoples combined into an ethno-cultural spectrum unlike that of any other country. Roots of Brazils presentation focuses on the traditional music and cultural influences of Bahia, a large state of eastern Brazil. The history, geography, habits and costumes of the region will be presented, showcasing Bahias rich cultural mix of African, Portuguese and indigenous people.
The program will include dances of tribute to ancient deities; songs from fishing communities along Brazils Atlantic coast; the stick dance, evolved from a complex warrior dance; ceremonial songs and dances with musical influences from Angola and Jejes in Africa; a samba played in street festivals; and a game of skill, endurance and concentration brought to Bahia by Angolan slaves in the 16th century.
Brazils old colonial capital, Salvador Bahia, is widely recognized as having one of the most intensely African cultures in the Americas. Roots of Brazils mission to share this regions vibrant music and dance idioms is today finding increasing interest among American audiences. In addition to mastering familiar forms such as samba, the company introduces audiences to lesser known Brazilian dance idioms such as indigenous dance and dances associated with the candomble deity worship ritual.
Celebrated for its commitment to preserving, presenting and interpreting Brazilian cultural forms, Roots of Brazil has been critically acclaimed for its performances at New Yorks Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Radio City Music Hall and the American Museum of Natural History. Founded by singer and choreographer Lygya Barreto in 1984, the company has participated in dance festivals at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Dance Theater of Harlem, Philadelphias Painted Bride Art Center and Jacobs Pillow.
Admission is $15 for the general public; $13 for those age 62 and older and UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff; or $5 for those age 17 and younger and UW-Eau Claire students. Tickets are available at the University Service Center in Davies Center and will be sold at the door.
Patrons also may charge tickets to MasterCard or Visa when they order by phone. Call (715) 836-3727 or, outside the immediate Eau Claire area, call toll-free (800) 949-UWEC. A $3 handling fee will be added to all telephone charge orders.
The Artists Series is made possible by student funds allocated by the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Feb. 10, 2001