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Over the last few years the Brazilian-New Zealand connection has strengthened not only culturally, but also in areas of trade, economy,
and tourism. Samba has a great appeal which attracts and unites people from culturally diverse backgrounds. The rhythm of the music
and movements in the dance can be understood and felt by everyone even when language may divide them.
Through playing and dancing Samba together there is an incredible cultural exchange, and Telecoteco looks specifically at how women are
brought together in this environment. Telecoteco acknowledges this exchange, by including a mixture of women from Brazil and other
cultures in the performance who all share this mutual interest in music and dance. We hope to demonstrate the universality of women
across the globe who are all capable of relating to each other through movement.
‘Telecoteco tells the story of the history of Samba, narrated through performance. Samba has evolved over time, influenced by Brazil’s rich
history. New Zealand and Brazil share a common thread in that they both have a history dominated by colonization. In Brazil this mix of cultures has shaped the development of Samba. What began as a male dominated environment, where the men played instruments while the
women danced, has now become something quite empowering to women.
Samba is distinctly Brazilian, with a unique culture quite different from other Latin American art forms. This performance will make
people more aware of the origins of Samba, and its context in Brazilian culture.
Just women at stage, photos in background of woman working from the “lavadeiras”(laundry ladies) carrying her clothes to wash at the river
singing work songs and dancing the JONGO (roots of samba) to the circle dance of SAMBA-DE-RODA doing the UMBIGADA/PUNGA-touching the
bellybutton, dancing also when cutting the sugar cane-MACULELE! When cutting the coconut they dance the COCO.
As the history of Brazil goes the end of 19th Century comes the MAXIXE considered the 1st Brazilian urban dance and partners danced together
until was considered illegal because the sexual appeal. The next dance to be shown is SAMBA CANÇÃO taking the heart of the woman from the sadness to the happiness of the movement and percussion setting up the her kitchen as her stage, in between cooking and doing dishes.
Doing the transition to the Carnival of streets of MARCHINHAS, leading to the style of samba that we see now at Carnivals!
Coreography: Clo Mudrik and dancers
Soundtrack: Alda Rezende, Clo Mudrik and Julie Bevan
Costumes: Clo Mudrik and Dancers
Direction: Clo Mudrik
Photos: Nicole Freeman
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