Naturalmente, by Antonio Nobrega

Naturalmente, is the name of Antonio Nobrega’s latest dance and music show travelling around Brazil.

Nogrega is one of brazil’s principal folklorists. A native of Recife, Pernambuco, he began his artistic career as a classical violinist before being introduced to traditional popular culture by one Ariano Suassuna. Nobrega became enamored with the myriad of artistic manifestations across the country. He had a particular passion for dance, especially frevo.

Maria Eugenia Almeida and Marina Abbib of Compania Soma Danca

Maria Eugenia Almeida and Marina Abbib of Compania Soma Dança

Naturalmente or “Naturally” begins with a beautiful violin piece (played by Nobrega), accompanied by a drummer. A video showing dances from around Brazil is projected on the wall behind.

Nobrega introduces the concept: Naturalmente is the performance equivalent of a university lecture on Brazilian popular dances, that is, popular dances mixed with ballet for the contemporary inclined.

Nobrega with the cast of musicians behind

Nobrega with the cast of musicians behind

The show is divided into 3 parts, and after each section, Nobrega gives us a few words on how the conception of the show came about and the peculiarities of the styles.

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First comes a swim in movement based on the three facets of popular culture dances. 1. The parade dances: maracatu, reisado, congado and so on… 2. The circle games: capoeira, samba de roda, cocô etc… 3. The popular theater: cavalo marinho and some others. He and his two young female dancers, from a group called CIA SOMA DANÇA take us through the different style of dances.

an amazing part of the first section.

In the second part, Nobrega explains to us the similarities between the popular dance movements and shows us the techniques developed from the study of these movements. Then an original sequence is presented, including solos of Nobrega in costume and the incredible technical ability of the dancers melding all the dances.

cia soma, the girls from the show performing their piece “Gemeas” or twins.

In the last part of the show is a mixture of dance styles from

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31 March 2011

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