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Dance party: Balé Folclórico da Bahia

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Posted: Friday, November 8, 2013 5:00 am | Updated: 11:46 pm, Thu Nov 14, 2013.

Brazilians know how to party, and the state of Bahia in eastern Brazil has a reputation for making a very big deal when Carnival comes around. You could get a head start on that winter festival by catching the Carnival-inspired numbers that will be included in this week’s performance by the Balé Folclórico da Bahia, presented as part 
of the Fall Dance festival at the Lensic Performing Arts Center 
(211 W. San Francisco St.). The company comprises 38 dancers, 
singers, and instrumentalists who offer dances and music from a 
number of Brazilian traditions in addition to Carnival, including 
selections relating to the Candomblé religion, established in Brazil 
by African slaves brought to that nation during the 16th through 
19th centuries and still practiced in Bahia today. Attendees should come prepared for a sprinkling of samba and capoeira (a hybrid of dance and martial-arts acrobatics), both of which seem to have originated in the region. The show takes place at 7 p.m. on
Wednesday, Nov. 13. Tickets ($25 to $45) are available by calling 
505-988-1234 and visiting www.ticketssantafe.org.

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