This is Brasil - The Show (4 stars)

This article is from 2014

This is Brasil - The Show

Hot music and dance fresh from the favelas

When the security staff have to stop small boys in the front row from dancing on the stage, it’s a good indicator you’ve got a hit on your hands. This gloriously technicolour, tourists-eye-view of Brazil’s best bits lets you gawk, escape and admire to your heart’s content, for one hour of tops-off, sweaty, grinning circus fun.

All the clichés are present and correct – ‘The Girl from Ipanema’ on jazz flute, the writhing lambada, the hypnotic samba, the flamboyant carnival feathers – but they update the stereotypes with additional scenes of a new favela dance craze, ‘football freestyle’ – where keepie-uppies combine with b-boy dance moves and acrobatics – and percussion instruments are made from recycled beach rubbish.

Displays from the Olympic Capoeirá ceremony team and performers from the National Folkloric Ballet Company of Bahia are gobsmackingly good – their muscly grace and aggressive elegance are a definite highlight, swinging thick thighs over each others faces and grasshoppering neatly over one another as a row of men do speed press-ups.

It’s especially impressive when the same men are shimmying frantically through a dance number a few minutes later.

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 25 Aug (not 12), 8pm, £13.50--£17 (£11--£15).

This is Brasil - The Show

  • 4 stars

The World Festival This is Brasil - the real Brasil… The sexiest summer samba party of the festival. Freestyle football, thrilling dance, explosive percussion. Zouk lambada, favela funk. Unstoppable rhythm, jaw-dropping acrobatics, breathless football magic. 20 gorgeous performers from streets of Rio and Bahia set the…