Soon Carnival in Brazil
We are some 60 days away from Carnival in Brazil!
Many people around the world are, at the very least, intrigued by the scale of the annual 4-7 day long party in one of the biggest countries of Latin America.
Carnival and the Samba School parades in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro have become a great open-air show -- many consider this the largest outdoor theater in the world.
I hear this so often here in Brazil.
In fact when you pay close attention to what happens at the Sambodromo, its culminating event, that is really what it seems: a big popular theater.
Samba Schools go to the Sambodromo and tell stories. It may be of a great social figure, of a city, or just of photography (some technological advancement), like “Unidos da Tijuca” did once when they showed the whole history of photography.
Schools do not just play a song while people frantically dance at random. There is a plot; a story is always being told.
Now how much of Carnival is really like theater is a good question. I asked this and more in the following video to an specialist, dance teacher and professor, Yashakara Manzini.
To follow the day to day preparations for carnival, check the possibilities of participating and learn more about Carnival you may visit my own blog http://www.vencedores.com.br/samba.
For more background, see these Wikipedia articles:
- Brazilian Carnival
- Samba School
- Sao Paulo style
- Rio de Janeiro style
- Bahia style
- Pernambuco style
- Minas Gerais style