Balé Folclórico, a 38-member troupe of dancers, musicians, and singers, performs a repertory based on “Bahian” folkloric dances of African origin and includes capoeira (a form of martial arts), samba, and those that celebrate Carnival. The company presents the Brazilian region of Bahia’s most important cultural manifestations under a contemporary theatrical vision that reflects its popular origins.
The only professional folk dance company in Brazil, Balé Folclórico da Bahía was formed in 1988. Under the artistic direction of José Carlos Arandiba, the company’s many national and international tours have earned it a prestigious reputation throughout its native Brazil and around the world.
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Enhance your experience with these FREE Special Events:
Capoeira Demonstration in the Kimmel Center’s Hamilton Garden
February 7, Noon-1 p.m. – Demonstration by Project Capoeira. Special discounts provided to all who attend!
Pre-Show Carnival Celebration in the Kimmel Center’s Commonwealth Plaza
February 17, 6:30-7:30 p.m. – Demonstration by Project Capoeira. Event will conclude with a Carnival parade to the Merriam Theater to welcome guests to their seats.