The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

April 7, 2013

DanceBrazil to swirl into Lewisburg


— With a “crowd-pleasing style of high-octane, high-flying, pelvis-swirling choreography” (The New York Times), DanceBrazil arrives on Carnegie Hall’s stage, Saturday, April 13, at 7:30 p.m.

For the last 36 years, DanceBrazil has thrilled audiences across the Unites States and throughout the world with its dazzling artistry, which is inspired by the cultural tapestry of Brazil. Whether in the streets or on stage in the most prestigious theaters, the dancers and musicians of DanceBrazil never fail to enthrall audiences with the company’s unique fusion of Afro-Brazilian movement, contemporary dance and Capoeira, the traditional dance/martial arts form that had its origins in Africa and evolved in colonial Brazil as a means of fighting enslavement.

DanceBrazil was founded in 1977 by Jelon Vieira after evolving from grass-roots workshops at the Clark Center for the Arts in NYC. Alvin Ailey joined the board of directors in 1980 and helped focus the objectives of DanceBrazil, emphasizing the company’s ability to speak to a broad North American community. Within a few years, DanceBrazil premiered at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall. In 1985, DanceBrazil premiered Orfeo Negro at the Riverside Dance Festival to critical and popular acclaim.

Tickets range in price from $30 to $15 and are available now. Arrive early at 7 p.m. and enjoy a special Mainstage Lounge including food and beverages sponsored by Wild Bill’s Roadhouse. Admission to Mainstage Lounge is $5 per person. Call the Hall at 304-645-7917 for more information or visit www.carnegiehallwv.org to purchase tickets.

This tour engagement is funded through the Mid Atlantic Tours program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the West Virginia Division of Culture and History.