Jan. 25, 2005


LEWISBURG, Pa. — DanceBrazil will bring spirited Afro-Brazilian dance with live music to the stage of the Weis Center at Bucknell University Saturday, Feb. 5, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20.

Under the direction of acclaimed choreographer and master capoeirista Jelon Vieira, DanceBrazil performs gravity-defying acts of superhuman physical prowess within exciting and unique modern dances. The company includes touring musicians and martial arts masters.

For more than a quarter of a century, DanceBrazil has brought audiences to their feet with passionate performances of traditional and contemporary Afro-Brazilian dance, including the capoeira, a combination of martial arts, expression and ritual developed 500 years ago by African slaves in Brazil.

"The dancers and capoeiristas are thrilling in their displays of passion, discipline and power set to soul-stirring live music," said Bill Boswell, executive director of the Weis Center. "DanceBrazil is the most exciting and sexy dance company I have seen in recent years."

A free meet-the-artist pre-performance talk with members of DanceBrazil will be held at 7 p.m. in the Rooke Recital Hall of the Sigfried Weis Music Building.

DanceBrazil director Jelon Vieira also is known for his work with children in Brazil, and the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation grant for this tour is making possible a free session at the Donald Heiter Community Center in Lewisburg.

Tickets for the Saturday evening performance are available in person from the Campus Box Office in the Weis Center weekdays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and one hour prior to events. Tickets also are available by calling 570-577-1000 or online at http://www.bucknell.edu/boxoffice/

This performance of DanceBrazil is made possible in part by a generous donation from Joyce and Louis Betz. The 2004-05 regional tour of DanceBrazil is made possible in part by a grant from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program.

The 2004-05 season of Weis Center events is made possible in part by generous funding from the Bucknell University Association for the Arts and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Additional support for the series is provided by numerous and generous private donors including members of the Weis Center Green Room Circle and Green Room Board.

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