Balé Folclórico da Bahia
The 38-member troupe of dancers, musicians, and singers performs a repertory based on a
"Bahian" folkloric dances of African origin and includes capoeira (a form of martial arts),
samba, and those that celebrate Carnival. The company presents the Brazilian region of
Bahia's most important cultural manifestations under a contemporary theatrical vision that
reflects its popular origins.
The only professional folk dance company in Brazil, Balet Folclorico de Bahia was formed in
1988. Under the artistic direction of José Carlos Arandiba, the company's many national and
international tours have earned it a prestigious reputation throughout its native Brazil
and around the world.
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Philadelphia , PA 19102
Kimmel Center Presents