Ballet, the Brazilian Way

29 Oct

Next month London’s West End will learn how to dance ballet the Brazilian way as the hit show Balé de Rua comes to the Peacock Theatre. This dynamic dance show, best translated as ‘street ballet’, traces Brazil’s history all the way back to its African roots through a line-up of hip hop, African dance, samba and capoeira. Those who go expecting classical ballet beware; there’s not a tutu in sight. Instead you’ll see semi-naked painted bodies, dancers clad in sunflower-covered apparatus and a set that captures every colour of the rainbow. The show promises to be a high-energy, eccentric adventure, described by the Daily Express as ‘breathtaking’.

The cast is made up of 15 dancers, 14 of which are men (if the guys out there were hoping to see scantily-clad females) and two singers who present the dance as a celebration of life, love and all things Brazilian. This is their first performance since finishing a triumphant international tour that covered France, Switzerland, Germany, Bahrain and Canada, and ended with a two-week sell out stint at Sydney Opera House.

Suzanne Walker, Head of Programming at Sadler’s Wells and the Peacock Theatre, said: “We are very much looking forward to welcoming Balé de Rua to London’s West End. This is the biggest Brazilian show we have featured for years and promises to be a highly entertaining evening of dance and music that originated in the streets of Brazil. It’s a colourful winter treat and very timely considering the growing popularity of all things Brazilian in the recent past.”

Founded in 1992 in the Brazilian city of Uberlandia, Balé de Rua aimed to present Brazilian identity in an urban style. The company now have a cultural centre in their name in Uberlandia where they offer dance training to more than 300 young people.

If you come to see the show on a Tuesday night the dancing doesn’t stop at curtains down; the cast are offering ticket holders the chance to learn some Samba steps for free afterwards.

Balé de Rua will run from 2nd to 20th November. Tickets cost between £15 and £40 with a half price offer for under 16s.

All photos: Sadler’s Wells press images

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