Bale de Rua
Brazilian back flips and beats
This article is from 2008.
The gorgeous Bale de Rua troupe rules the stage with enthralling drum beats, breathless body movements and innovative set pieces. Telling a loose story of the slaves who came to Brazil, this semblance of structure bows down before a musical journey that segues through deep bass, rip-roaring salsa, spell-binding chants and strident hip-hop. However, it’s the leaping, twisting, rippling performances that really beat you into happy submission.
In the midst of paint, ribbons, flames and head spins, every deft move and expression is precise and assured. Brandishing big metal plates and horns, the men conjure up a ship at sea on a dark foggy night. A lone female dances in between shadow and a handheld orange spotlight, evoking spiritual passions of days gone by. It’s no wonder the audience gave this several standing ovations. Dynamic, heart-lifting and oozing imagination, this is a Fringe must-see.
Bale de Rua, Assembly @ Assembly Hall, 623 3030, until 25 Aug (not 11), 6.50pm, £15—£17 (£14—£15)