Viver Brasil honors Brazil’s African legacy through bold contemporary dance theater and increases awareness of the rich history of Afro-Brazilian dance and music through performances, residencies, lectures, interactive workshops, an annual cultural immersion travel program to Salvador, Bahia, and arts education programs that engage a variety of communities from youth to adults and seniors. Through rigorous research and continuous dialogue with living masters and virtuoso musicians and choreographers in Bahia, Viver Brasil drives contemporary representations of Brazilian dance in the United States.
VIVER BRASIL unveils history ... ignites the present ... imagines and inflames the future ... reminds us to embrace what’s timeless in us all ...
We are proud to offer an array of experiences for audiences of all ages. For twenty years, we have worked tirelessly to bring the arts of Afro-Brazilian culture to communities seeking transformative, interactive and illuminating educational adventures. Please contact us to arrange a collaboration.
Love & Happiness Tour Featuring Cooking Samba
a signature interactive show that brings electrifying Afro Brazilian dance, music and culture to schools and other venues where individuals could use a jolt of joyful color, thrilling rhythms, and communal celebration.
Samba in the Streets
a series of sequential dance and music workshops modeled on Afro-Brazilian Bloco Afros, Afro-Brazilian parading groups and cultural organizations in which participants learn to prepare and to present a public procession as if during Bahian/Brazilian Carnival. Samba in the Streets provide participants unique conversations about contemporary Afro-Brazilian history, occupying actual space in the streets to address issues of social justice, inclusion and equity.
meets every Tuesday (for close to 20 years) at Los Angeles’ Dance Arts Academy in mid city for affordably priced classes taught by Viver Brasil's founding artistic directors Linda Yudin and Luiz Badaró.
Viver Brasil Institute
hosts visiting pioneering masters and contemporary virtuosos from Bahia who join Viver Brasil’s founding Artistic Directors Linda Yudin and Luiz Badaró to provide scholarly and informational Afro Brazilian History/Culture Workshops; Dance/Music Workshops; Master Classes; Oral History Exchanges; and Jam Sessions.
Dancing at the Source
is a 15-day cultural immersion to Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, and has for 18 years provided travelers curated cultural tours along with daily dance, music, and Afro-Brazilian culture classes taught by experienced faculty.
DANCING AT THE SOURCE
VIVER BRASIL's 20TH Annual Travel Program
15-day cultural immersion to
Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, the heart of Africa in the Americas
AUGUST 6-22, 2017!
Package Price: $3,995.00
DANCING AT THE SOURCE 2017 INCLUDES
Nonstop opportunities to experience life in Bahia
• 8 days of Afro-Brazilian dance and music classes (32 hours of instruction) with Bahia’s internationally known master instructors.
• Witness sacred Candomblé ceremonies; travel to the island of Boipeba for a week-end, experience exquisite serene beaches, walk in the Atlantic Forest and visit Boitaraca Quilombo (an Afro-Brazilian/Indigenous community).
• Experience a full day of learning at Temple Ilê Asé Ojisé Olodumare (Casa do Mensageiro)
• Walk in the world-renowned Boa Morte Festival in Cachoeira.
• Meet many of Bahia’s most active spiritual leaders, visual artists, thinkers, performing artists and educators.
• Attend music and dance concerts, enjoy great cuisine & the beautiful beaches of Salvador, Bahia.
$500 non-refundable deposit
Full cost due July 1,2017
Dancing at the Source is Viver Brasil’ s signature 15-day cultural immersion to Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, and has for 18 years provided dance and music enthusiasts with curated cultural tours, along with daily Afro-Brazilian culture classes taught by experienced faculty, who are among Bahia’s most influential dancers, musicians, visual artists, researchers, and culture makers. Dancing at the Source faculty includes Jose Ricardo Sousa, Gilmar Sampaio, Vera Passos, Vania Oliveira, Amelia Conrado, Dona Cici, Tatiana Campelo; percussionists, Joel de Souza and Cid Morais; Vivian Caroline of Dida Womens Percussion Ensemble, and Afro-Brazilian storyteller, Dona Cici; with lively talks by contemporary writer Mel Adun; and acclaimed visual artist/designer, J. Cunha.
Each day, Dancing at the Source offers opportunities to experience life in Bahia on an eclectic range of activities led by Paula Santos, VB’s tour guide and educator, who provides insight and context to all activities. Activities include visits to sacred Candomblé ceremonies; to the São Lázaro Festival; to the world-renowned Boa Morte Festival in Cachoeira; to a United Nations cultural heritage site in the Reconcavo (interior), where Samba was created; to Boipeba Island, located on the Dendê Coast; and to Boitaraca, a community founded by African people escaping enslavement.
Also on the schedule: performances by the Bale Folclorico da Bahia and Dida Women’s Percussion Ensemble, not to mention shopping, dining, swimming, and sunbathing.
Package Price: Includes R/T travel to Brazil from U.S cities, based on double occupancy accommodations at the Marazul Hotel, all classes and related activities, translators, guides, ground transportation and a hearty breakfast at the hotel.
* A tourist visa is required to travel to Brazil. Visa costs NOT included in package price.
Viver Brasil’s Artistic Director Linda Yudin, co-leads this cultural immersion program with tour guide/educator extraordinaire, Paula Santos, and Luiz Badaró, VB co- artistic director and native Bahian son, dancer, choreographer and musician. Linda is a Los Angeles-based dance ethnologist with three decades of experience studying, researching and working in Bahia. She has developed a deep professional and personal involvement with its arts and spiritual community and is committed to providing participants with a unique opportunity to experience Afro- Brazilian culture outside of the usual tourist context. Paula Santos’ blends educational and cultural tourism with her deep knowledge of Afro-Brazilian history, politics, literature, and the visual and performing arts. Luiz Badaró loves his home of Salvador, Bahia and shares his culture with verve, affirming its complex reality and the joy of family, friends and memory.