Posted on April 29, 2014
A new Brazilian show is headed to the Edinburgh Fringe this summer. Directed by Arlene Phillips and written by Pamela Stephenson Connolly, the show tells the story of freestyle lambazouk dancer Braz Dos Santos, with a new Brazilian troupe dancing lambazouk and other Afro-Brazilian styles.
Braz Dos Santos learned the lambada while working as a teenaged fisherman in Brazil. He and his brother, Didi, were invited to dance in Paris, despite the disapproval of their father, a shaman in the Candomblé religion.
Pamela Stephenson Connolly discovered their story while studying dance in Brazil, and founded the Brazilliant Dance Company with them. Harley Medcalf, founder of Burn The Floor, is lead producer on Brazouka.
After launching at the Edinburgh Fringe, Brazouka will tour to South Africa and Australia, with further dates to be announced. The show will be at Edinburgh’s Assembly Hall from July 31 to August 25. Visit www.edfringe.com for tickets.
Picture: Braz dos Santos, Pamela Stephenson Connolly and Gilson Damasco
Photograph: Johnny van Bergen