what the critics say

... intoxicating style... [their] precision rivals a well-oiled ballet corps.
— Los Angeles Times
Irrepressible... Spirited performance... Brazilian to the core.
— Los Angeles Times
Viver Brasil scorched the Ford Amphitheatre stage, the audience was well, spellbound.
— Victoria Looseleaf, Los Angeles Times
Ancestral spirits come whirling, rippling, and pulsating to life in the works of Viver Brasil.
— Dance Magazine
The raw energy from Viver Brasil performers radiated from the stage like spotlights. With immense delight every single person in the theatre was dancing, shoulders moving, hips shaking and feet were stepping to the pulsating percussion.
— AltDaily / Hampton, VA
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Brazilian Gold: troupe taps into nation’s rich vein of dance.
— Albuquerque Journal
Breathless and colorful... vibrant swirl of motion and music. From the first exhilarating sound of the atabaque drums, a surge of electricity sweeps through the audience, unites us with the irrepressibly energetic troupe of dancers, drummers and singers and keeps us in an elevated, almost combustible state until well past the last sound fades away.
— LA Weekly
... power and passion... laughter and joy from a different dimension.
— Taos News / New Mexico

Presenter Testimonials

Enlightened, enthralled and educated our population with an interpretive, and majestic performance.
— Flickinger Center for Performing Arts
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The excitement that Viver Brasil’s National Dance Project tour generated in New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and Oregon was one of the highlights of recent NDP touring programs. The company brought dance to communities that rarely see live performance and they went away invigorated and asking for more.
— Jane Forde, Manager, National Dance Project
The company’s performance was the highlight of our season. One of the most exciting we have had in recent years.
— Evan Hyatt, Associate Director, Fort Collins Lincoln Center
Viver Brasil was the highlight of a wonderful performance season... extraordinarily talented dancers, creative choreography… exciting and educational program. This performance had the largest attendance of any performance in the past two years.
— Faye McCalmont, Western New Mexico University
An amazing experience… etched unforgettable memories that our patrons are still talking about.
— Christy Mendoza, Cultural Arts Director, Clovis Community College
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Viver Brasil was a hit at the Chico World Music Festival. Their enthusiasm, great dance, music and colorful costumes all contributed to a dancing, smiling crowd.
— Dan Dewayne, Director, University Public Events/Chico performances, CSU Chico
Beautiful and powerful…well polished and sophisticated.
— Chung-Fu Chang, Assistant Professor, Colorado State University, Fort Collins
The company was awesome!
— Joseph Wasson, National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque, New Mexico
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The audience was dazzled and left the theater still moving to the beat. The dancing, the music, the costumes and experience of taking in the culture was a wonderful treat for our Taos audience.
— Carol Kalom, Taos Center for the Arts, New Mexico
Viver Brasil’s performance was exuberant, vibrant, and festive! Their powerful rhythms would not be denied, and the capacity crowd undulated with the beat of the drums and the resonance of the voices. Fantastic!
— Michelle Laflamme-Childs, Santa Fe Art Institute co-presentation with the Lensic Auditorium
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... muscular beauty all lifted on the shoulders of the excellent percussion battery... penetrating and rich vocals... a compelling blend of visceral excitement and lush lyricism.
— Wilmington Star News
Viver Brasil’s performance in Eugene created huge buzz and excitement, artistry united with audience, inspiring with the spirit of dance, music, culture, community, UNITED!
— Kevin Stacey, Cultural Progammer, University of Oregon, Eugene
Viver Brasil conveys to audiences richly endowed performances that articulate aspects of Brazilian arts and culture with panache and integrity. A performance by Viver Brasil entertains as well as educates.
— Joan Burroughs, Florida A&M University, Director of Dance Program
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