‘Viver Brasil’ Will Bring Its Magic to the Ford Theatre for the Company’s 20th Anniversary


Photo by Susan Goines

This is an event you do not want to miss. I’ve seen this extraordinary company  several times during the years and they never ever disappoint.

Viver Brasil is an Afro-Brazilian dance company based in Los Angeles, It was created 20 years ago by Linda Yudin and Luiz Badaro who serve as their artistic directors. This super talented company of dancers and musicians will perform dances and musical numbers that have its roots in the sacred and contemporary traditions of Brazil.

Every time I’ve seen them more than half the audience, including me,  were dancing in the aisles. This company makes you feel so exhilerated that it’s hard to stay seated. Their mission is to use dance to explore themes of race, gender and social equity. and they do it beautifully.

This year the Viver Brasil will perform different dance styles including sambas, frevo, their signature block afro spectacle and other numbers that create an incredible carnival atmosphere. I was lucky enough to experience Carnival in Brazil and watching this group perform took me back to that incredible time.

Also featured will be world premieres choreographed by two internationally renowned choreographers, Bahia based Vera Passos and Los Angveles based Marina Magalhaes. This will be the 12th time this company has performed at the Ford and when you see them, you’ll understand why.

Performance: Friday evening, September 22,2017 at 8:30 pm. The Ford is located at 2580 Cahuenga Blvd E, Los Angeles, CA 90068 (just off the 101, between Hollywood and Universal Studios in the Cahuenga Pass)

Ticket prices start at $25; Reserved Seating. To purchase tickets go to: www.fordtheatres.com/calendar/viver-brasil or call 323-461-3673.

Joan Alperin

About Joan Alperin

Joan was born in Brooklyn and spent many years working as an actress in New York City. Even though she traveled extensively, Joan couldn't imagine living anywhere else.. Well one day, she met someone at a party who regaled her with stories about living in L. A. specifically Topanga Canyon. A few weeks later she found herself on an airplane bound for Los Angeles. Joan immediately fell in love with the town and has been living here for the last twenty years and yes, she even made it to Topanga Canyon, where she now resides, surrounded by nature, deer, owls and all kinds of extraordinary alien creatures.. Joan continued acting, but for the last several years (besides reviewing plays and film) she has been writing screenplays. Joan was married to a filmmaker who created the cult classic films, (way before she knew him) Faces of Death. As a result of his huge following, they created a funny movie review show entitled Two Jews on Film, where Joan and her husband, John would review movies and rate them with bagels You can see their reviews by going to youtube.com/twojewsonfilm. Although it's now only one Jew - Joan is occasionally joined by her beautiful Pekingnese and Japanese Chin.
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