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Bale Folclorico da Bahia at ASU Feb. 15

Article Published: Feb. 10, 2011 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Bale Folclorico da Bahia at ASU Feb. 15

Bale Folclorico da Bahia returns to ASU Feb. 15.

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Memories of an entire audience dancing out of Farthing Auditorium flood to mind with the mention of Balè FolclA?rico da Bahia.

This Brazilian Folk Dancing group dazzled and energized audiences six years ago as a part of the Appalachian State University Performing Arts Series 2004-05 season, and they are welcomed back with high anticipation and excitement for their performance at Farthing Auditorium on Tuesday, Feb. 15, at 8 p.m.

This performance will bring Brazil right to the High Country"s front door, as this group of 38 Bahian performers captivate audiences with their traditional costumes, music and dance from their native culture.

Advance tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and ASU faculty and staff, and $10 for Appalachian"s students and students 18 and under. For tickets or information, call the Farthing Auditorium box office at (800) 841-ARTS(2787) or (828) 262-4046, or visit

About Balè FolclA?rico da Bahia
The only professional folk dance company in Brazil, Balè FolclA?rico da Bahia was formed in 1988 and has achieved considerable success in its short history.

Under the artistic direction of Josè Carlos Arandiba, the company"s many national and international tours have earned it a prestigious reputation that is reflected in the response of the public and critics alike.

The Boston Globe raves, "You could call it the Brazilian "Blast" or the Bahian "Riverdance." With them one speaks in superlatives: The operative tempos are frenetic, the dynamics numbingly loud, the movement furious, the colors hallucinogenic..."

Based in Salvador in the northern state of Bahia, the Brazilian company made its debut in July 1988, when an audience of 20,000 enthusiastically greeted its performance entitled "Bahia de Todas as Cores" ("All Colors of Bahia"). The troupe"s immediate success brought invitations to perform at other festivals around the country. Today, the company tours all over the world a?" even making return appearances to many venues.

Denise Ringler, director of ASU"s Office of Arts and Cultural Programs, said, "We welcome the return of this internationally renowned company, whose colorful and high-energy performance received an enthusiastic audience response back in 2004.

"International programming is one of the most popular art forms we present, and we're excited about the opportunity to support the university's focus on global awareness. This remarkable company offers a unique glimpse into the culture and traditions of Brazil, offering a phenomenal opportunity for learning and enrichment a?" not to mention wonderful entertainment."

Related Events
The Office of Arts and Cultural Programs, in partnership with the Office of International Education and Development and the Doorway Series at Appalachian State University present a series of ancillary events prior to the performance on Feb. 15. These events are free and open to the public.

Dances of the Orixas-African Dance Workshop
with Ava Vinesett, Duke University Faculty
Tuesday, Feb. 15
2-3:15 p.m.
ASU Dance Studio, No. 208, Varsity Gym
Open to all members of the campus and community as participants and/or observers. No prior movement training required. Co-sponsored by Appalachian's Theatre & Dance Department

Afro-Brazilian Culture: History, Religion and the Arts Panel Discussion
Tuesday, Feb. 15
Rosen Concert Hall, Hayes School of Music
Panel includes:
o Dr. Laurie Semmes, ethnomusicologist at Hayes School of Music and program moderator
o Dr. Brent James, Department of Foreign Languages and Literature, ASU
o Ms. Ava Vinesett, Department of Dance, Duke University
o Mr. Walson Botelho, general director of Balè FolclA?rico da Bahia

For more information on these events, contact Sali Gill-Johnson at (828) 262-6084, ext. 101.

Upcoming Events and Ticket Information
Appalachian"s Performing Arts Series continues on March 2, with Russian National Ballet: "Romeo & Juliet" and "Chopiniana," and Acoustic Africa: Habib Koitè, Oliver Mtukudzi and Afel Bocoum" (April 8). For tickets or information, call the Farthing Auditorium box office at (800) 841-ARTS or (828) 262-4046, or visit

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