Balé Folclórico Da Bahia
Wilshire Ebell Theatre
Saturday, March 12, 2011 - 8pm
“Turn off the electricity; the dancers of Bale Folclorico da Bahia power the show.”
-- The Orange County Register
Balé Folclórico da Bahia, the only professional folk dance company in Brazil, was formed in
1988 by Walson Botelho and Ninho Reis and has achieved considerable success in its relatively
short history. Under the artistic direction of José Carlos Arandiba, the company’s many national
and international tours have earned it a prestigious reputation throughout the country and abroad
that is reflected in both public and critical acclaim.
The 38-member troupe of dancers, musicians and singers performs a spectacular repertory based
on “Bahian” folkloric dances of African origin including slave dances, capoeira (a form of
martial arts), samba, and those celebrating Carnival. The company presents the region’s most
important cultural manifestations under a contemporary theatrical vision that reflects its popular
Wilshire Ebell Theater
4401 West 8th Street, Los Angeles 90005
For more information (818)566-1111
When & Where
Brazilian Nites Productions
Patricia Leao, a former dancer, founded Brazilian Nites Productions in the midst of the lambada fever in 1989. The husband-and-wife team from Burbank started the production company with the main purpose of advancing the lambada dance through contests, instruction and shows. Over time, the company expanded its scope and now aims to promote the numerous facets of Brazilian culture, music and dance.
Brazilian Nites Productions has been successfully organizing events since its inception, bringing people of different ages and nationalities together to experience the allure and character of Brazilian culture. The company produces several shows each year, including two annual events: the Brazilian Summer Festival at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre and L.A.’s Brazilian Carnaval at the Club Nokia in February (formerly at the Hollywood Palladium and Queen Mary).The Summer Festival is a co-presentation with the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and is part of the Ford Theatre’s Summer Season, while the Carnaval celebration is self-presented.
Brazilian Nites has presented Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Elba Ramalho, Daniela Mercury, Olodum, Djavan, Gal Costa, Maria Rita, Grupo Revelacao, Fundo de Quintal, Beth Carvalho among others.