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Viver Brasil celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2017. With years of research, collaboration, performance and creation of original works, the company is proud to boast a deep and ever-evolving repertory of work that spans stage, street, and site specific venues alike. 

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Olympic Carnaval


Featuring 28 powerful dancers, 8 extraordinary musicians and 2 incredible singers, Viver Brasil paraded on stage featuring an original bloco afro choreography by Vera Passos as part of An Olympic Carnival: Celebrating Sergio Mendes & 50 Years of Brasil '66. Commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the piece features orchestral arrangements of famous samba reggaes from Bahia by Viver Brasil's Co-Music Director Simon Carrol. Accompanied by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, dancers performed in stunning costumes fabricated with original fabric designed by internationally acclaimed Brazilian artist, J. Cunha.

Olympic Carnaval


Featuring 28 powerful dancers, 8 extraordinary musicians and 2 incredible singers, Viver Brasil paraded on stage featuring an original bloco afro choreography by Vera Passos as part of An Olympic Carnival: Celebrating Sergio Mendes & 50 Years of Brasil '66. Commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the piece features orchestral arrangements of famous samba reggaes from Bahia by Viver Brasil's Co-Music Director Simon Carrol. Accompanied by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, dancers performed in stunning costumes fabricated with original fabric designed by internationally acclaimed Brazilian artist, J. Cunha.

 

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Revealed


Revealed, world premiere at the Moves After Dark dance festival at The Music Center in Los Angeles, California. The choreography was designed for and performances were held on the grand staircase inside the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

Choreography by Shelby Williams-Gonzaléz

In Viver Brasil’s timely mythical narrative, three all-powerful wives of Xangô step beyond the archetype: Iansã, warrior goddess of the winds and ancestral world who possesses the ability to sever the life line; Oxum, queen of the sweet waters, protector of children, beauty and the essence of self-love; and Oba, robust hunter goddess of the earth, symbol of renewal and independence -- remove their crowns and test their powers as mothers and activists responding to the very real human demands in the face of current racially charged violence, the senseless dying of black and brown youth. What of a goddess’ fragility? Where does her true strength live? And what of the divine queens, Nanã, who cares for the fallen spirits, and Iemanja, the ever present mother nurturer? The vitality of ancient wisdom, a story of strength, truth, courage and humanity,
stands Revealed.

Revealed


Revealed, world premiere at the Moves After Dark dance festival at The Music Center in Los Angeles, California. The choreography was designed for and performances were held on the grand staircase inside the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

Choreography by Shelby Williams-Gonzaléz

In Viver Brasil’s timely mythical narrative, three all-powerful wives of Xangô step beyond the archetype: Iansã, warrior goddess of the winds and ancestral world who possesses the ability to sever the life line; Oxum, queen of the sweet waters, protector of children, beauty and the essence of self-love; and Oba, robust hunter goddess of the earth, symbol of renewal and independence -- remove their crowns and test their powers as mothers and activists responding to the very real human demands in the face of current racially charged violence, the senseless dying of black and brown youth. What of a goddess’ fragility? Where does her true strength live? And what of the divine queens, Nanã, who cares for the fallen spirits, and Iemanja, the ever present mother nurturer? The vitality of ancient wisdom, a story of strength, truth, courage and humanity,
stands Revealed.

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Peace Transcends


 

Peace Transcends (2015)
Choreography by Vera Passos
Music by Kahlil Cummings
Costumes by Maria Garcia
 
“Peace Transcends” pays homage to Nancy de Souza e Silva aka Dona Cici, wise elder of the Candomblé and Afro-Brazilian culture. Viver Brasil honors Dona Cici’s long life as a peacemaker, bringing balance, love, spirit to all. “Peace Transcends” was inspired first by the deaths of Bahian Black youth in the Fall of 2014 in the Vila America neighborhood, and celebrates the ultimate triumph of safety and peace over pain and chaos in Brazil, the U.S. and all over the world.
 
Oriki [Praise Poem]:  Oba da e(ni) s (i) aiye ma gbagbe
Obatala, who created the world and holds onto his creations, human beings, nature (in all of its aspects), for the balance of humanity
 
Chant:  “Iemanja, the great mother, the keeper of Obatala’s crown”
 
Scene 1
Birth/Nascimento
Innocence, Messages, Paths, Choices, Destinies
 
Scene 2
Ogum, the warrior
“Ogum, who maintains our homes, the protector of the paths. He is strong like the palm tree, one of the first sacred trees created by Obatala.”
 
Scene 3
Oxum, a mother, the river goddess of beauty, the arts, wealth
“Oxum, I salute you, I thank you, you are beautiful, and you walk with prosperity.”
 
Scene 4
Ibejis [Twins/Children]
“Ibejis who are clothed with brilliant things, wear a crown full of money sharing their wealth”
 
Scene 5
Chaos
“The powerful Xango, who protects us from our enemy.” 
 
Scene 6
Peace/Paz
“Wherever you walk in the world, the eyes of Obatala, the king of the peace, are always looking over you”
 

Peace Transcends


 

Peace Transcends (2015)
Choreography by Vera Passos
Music by Kahlil Cummings
Costumes by Maria Garcia
 
“Peace Transcends” pays homage to Nancy de Souza e Silva aka Dona Cici, wise elder of the Candomblé and Afro-Brazilian culture. Viver Brasil honors Dona Cici’s long life as a peacemaker, bringing balance, love, spirit to all. “Peace Transcends” was inspired first by the deaths of Bahian Black youth in the Fall of 2014 in the Vila America neighborhood, and celebrates the ultimate triumph of safety and peace over pain and chaos in Brazil, the U.S. and all over the world.
 
Oriki [Praise Poem]:  Oba da e(ni) s (i) aiye ma gbagbe
Obatala, who created the world and holds onto his creations, human beings, nature (in all of its aspects), for the balance of humanity
 
Chant:  “Iemanja, the great mother, the keeper of Obatala’s crown”
 
Scene 1
Birth/Nascimento
Innocence, Messages, Paths, Choices, Destinies
 
Scene 2
Ogum, the warrior
“Ogum, who maintains our homes, the protector of the paths. He is strong like the palm tree, one of the first sacred trees created by Obatala.”
 
Scene 3
Oxum, a mother, the river goddess of beauty, the arts, wealth
“Oxum, I salute you, I thank you, you are beautiful, and you walk with prosperity.”
 
Scene 4
Ibejis [Twins/Children]
“Ibejis who are clothed with brilliant things, wear a crown full of money sharing their wealth”
 
Scene 5
Chaos
“The powerful Xango, who protects us from our enemy.” 
 
Scene 6
Peace/Paz
“Wherever you walk in the world, the eyes of Obatala, the king of the peace, are always looking over you”
 

 

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Aje


Fourteen dancers and musicians pay tribute to the ancestry in Mothers and Sons by Rosangela Silvestre, the processional of Viva Maracatu by Luiz Badaró, enticing and humorous xaxados and forros in Para Xaxa by Shelby Williams-Gonzalez, and the power of women in Samba no Pé [Feet Speak] by Dani Lunn. Creative soundscapes and enticing sambas bring audiences to their feet, singing and clapping. 

Aje


Fourteen dancers and musicians pay tribute to the ancestry in Mothers and Sons by Rosangela Silvestre, the processional of Viva Maracatu by Luiz Badaró, enticing and humorous xaxados and forros in Para Xaxa by Shelby Williams-Gonzalez, and the power of women in Samba no Pé [Feet Speak] by Dani Lunn. Creative soundscapes and enticing sambas bring audiences to their feet, singing and clapping.