"There can't be much anywhere to match the strength, flexibility, speed and idiomatic allure of the dancers and musicians of DanceBrazil." —The Washington Post
Bronx, NY – Lehman Center for the Performing Arts proudly presents the triumphant return of DanceBrazil to the Bronx. Whether in the streets or on stage in the most prestigious theaters, the hot dancers and musicians of DanceBrazil enthrall audiences with the company's unique fusion of Afro-Brazilian movement, contemporary dance and Capoeira – the traditional dance/martial arts form that had its origins in Africa and evolved in colonial Brazil as a means of fighting enslavement. The company performs on Sunday, April 11, 2013 at 6pm at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts, 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West, Bronx, NY.
For over thirty years, DanceBrazil has thrilled audiences across the United States and the world with its dazzling artistry, which is inspired by the cultural tapestry of Brazil. The New York Times recently wrote, “There was enough appreciative whistling to make a construction worker blush…, when DanceBrazil rolled through town with its crowd-pleasing style of high-octane, high-flying, pelvis-swiveling choreography.”
Founder and Artistic Director of DanceBrazil, Jelon Vieira and the late Loremil Machado were the first artists to bring traditional Afro-Brazilian dance and Capoeira to the United States over thirty-five years ago. He has devoted his life to sharing Afro-Brazilian culture with audiences in the United States and world-wide. In 2008, he was honored for work and awarded a National Heritage Fellowship, the country’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts. This spring he will tour a new work, Fé do Sertão, and bring a company favorite, Banguela, to Lehman Center.
Special ticket price for children 12 and under, $10 any seat
DanceBrazil performs on Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 6pm at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts located at 250 Bedford Park Blvd. W. on the campus of Lehman College in the Bronx. Tickets cost $40, $35 and $25, and for children 12 and under, $10 any seat. Tickets can be purchased through 24 hour online access at www.LehmanCenter.org or by calling the Lehman Center box office at 718-960-8833 open Monday & Wednesday-Friday 10am-5pm (closed on Tuesdays) and beginning at 12 noon on the day of the concert. Lehman Center is accessible by #4 or D train to Bedford Park Blvd., and is right off several major highways, including the Henry Hudson Parkway, the Saw Mill River Parkway and Major Deegan Expressway. Low-cost on-site parking available for $5.
Lehman Center is supported, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council. The 2012-2013 season is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, JPMorgan Chase, and through corporations, foundations and private donations. Special $10 tickets for children are underwritten by Con Edison.