Best of Brazil

Balé Folclórico Da Bahia: Bahia of All Colors Feb. 16 at Proctors

Balé Folclórico Da Bahia: Bahia of All Colors presents a repertory of authentic folkloric dances and music based on three different influences that formed the culture of today’s Brazilian people: indigenous elements from Brazilian natives; African graces from the introduction of slavery in the late 16th century; and European touches through the Portuguese colonization.

This marvelous company—with its dancers, musicians and singers—represents the culture, the traditions, the beliefs, the history, the colors, the music and the movements of the people of Bahia.

The 32-member dance company is the only professional folk dance company in Brazil, and was formed in 1988 by Walson Botelho and Ninho Reis in the city of Salvador in the northern state of Bahia. Since its first performances the following year, the troupe has achieved considerable international success, in particular, at France’s Lyon Biennale de la Danse in 1994 and 1996, and at Sydney Festival and Spoleto Festival USA in 1997 and 2000.

The company has toured throughout Brazil, and in 1990, 1993, 1996 and 2000 was named “the Best Dance Company in Brazil,” an award given by the Ministry of Culture. Since its 1992 European debut in Berlin, the company has returned several times to Germany, France, Portugal, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and other countries. Their first tour in the United States and Canada in early 1996 included New York, Boston, Washington DC, Berkeley, Miami, Los Angeles, Seattle, Toronto, Montreal and several other important cities. From 1996 to 2004, the troupe visited more than 80 cities in their North America tours.

Balé Folclórico Da Bahia: Bahia of All Colors
8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16
(Performance includes partial nudity)