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Dance Review: Brasil Brasileiro at Sadlers Wells

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This summer, samba extravaganza Brasil Brasileiro returned to Sadlers Wells to give Londoners a full flavoured taste of Brazil but without the drama that was the World Cup. Dance is one of Brazil’s greatest exports and director Claudio Segovia’s show takes the audience on a journey that is a history lesson and carnival combined.

The evening started with dances originally derived from Angola and Congo such as Batuque, with its impressively complex footwork, and Lundu where individuals and couples take turns to dance in the middle of a circle with some delightfully playful results. This sets the tone for two hours of high energy fun.

Each dance in Brasil Brasileiro emphasises the diversity of Brazilian culture where African and European worlds collide and produce a unique vibrancy. Many of the colourful dance highlights included the sharp dressed step dancer Renato Sorriso and his male colleagues in the Malandro number and the elaborate swirling with erotic abandonment of Wellington Lopes…