Baila Brazil – review
Southbank Centre

Published: Thursday, August 13, 2015 9:13 AM | Review by: Abiola Lawal |
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Vibrant, energetic, engaging and loud! These are just some of the words I can use to describe this wonderful dance and percussion performance by Balé de Rua.


The company was founded in 1992 by a group of street dancers inspired by the moves of Michael Jackson and the urban sound of American hip-hop, and their show Baila Brazil is a compilation of numbers from their repertoire.


These early influences are still very prevalent in this performance as you can spot Michael Jackson not only by the costumes but also by the Moon Walk.


BalÇ de Rua bring BAILA BRAZIL to Southbank Centre BalÇ de Rua bring BAILA BRAZIL to Southbank Centre

Vibrant, energetic, engaging and loud! These are just some of the words I can use to describe this wonderful dance and percussion performance by Balé de Rua.


The choreography is a non-stop delight of samba, capoeira, ballet and breakdancing, combining classical forms of dance with modern variations and twists.


The music is an upbeat blend of samba, Brazilian folk and Rio funk. The audience are pulled into the lively streets of Brazil and also taken down a historic journey of the development of Afro-Brazilian culture, which adds to the melting pot of Brazil and its people.


The live singing from female vocalist Alexia Falcão Lopes is sometimes drowned out by the drums but she manages to still engage the audience and hold her own amidst flying leaps and crazy cartwheels from the dancing troupe.


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This troupe is all made up of men, bar one woman Uiara Cristina Ferreira, who also manages to shine out not only due to her beautiful ballerina costumes but also because of her beaming smile and amazing foot work. The men are all too talented to highlight just one, so I won’t but I must praise them all for their nonstop energy and ability to keep the audience engaged, excited and clapping.


There are times when there is just too much going on with drums and body popping that the show may seem to lose a clear direction but it is still enjoyable.


Info: Baila Brazil is at the Southbank Centre until August 15, 2015 | Book tickets




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