Group Title: CARIFESTA Newspaper Clippings
Title: Performance of sustained excellence
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 Material Information
Title: Performance of sustained excellence
Series Title: CARIFESTA Newspaper Clippings
Physical Description: Book
Publisher: Guyana Graphic
Publication Date: 8/31/1972
Subject: Carifesta (1st : 1972 : Guyana), Festivals - Caribbean Area
Caribbean   ( lcsh )
Spatial Coverage: South America -- Guyana -- Georgetown
Funding: Support for the development of the technical infrastructure and partner training provided by the United States Department of Education TICFIA program.
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Bibliographic ID: CA00199899
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat
Holding Location: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier: CARIFESTA I 1972

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of sustained

ICtrO audjenoe paid tribute
Sw of applause to the
exuberance of a
up of 10 Viva Bahia folk-
0cemrs when they presented
a performance of ,sustaied
e c for almost two
mo Tuesday night.
up to the high-key
tibZios which have hall.
mked the festival since
enLng day last Friday, the
azl s offered wild and
authentic cele-
bratioUa~ relying massively
jia Afrzo cults and complee-
.nenung thms witv iaavnh coU
ourful Bahban costumes.
In the Viva Baha reper-
toire, the lusty African influ-
ence fids expression on spine-
tingling chants and mortifb.
cation of the flesh with live
coals and lit candles and the
swallowing of balls of fire.
At the Cultural Centre
there was ibe Capoeira which
was brought to Brazil by
African slaves and set to the
music of the Birimbau, and
the Candomble, a relli~ous
ritual to frenzied cowmrIslsins
whMah we still relate to being
"with the spirit."
That jhe handful of dancers
mustamned a live performance
for so long could only be ex-
plained'by a rigid regard for
dioipline which comes only
with true dedication and
which is the epitome of pro-
fessionallarn or even, for that
matter, of competent ama-
The mainstay of the Viva
Bahia choreography is the
Samnba de Roda. variations
of which awAt over other
parts of the world in the eary AA VVA BAHIA rollore,
forties when Latin Amnaitln. +ca
dancing wasall th rage. With evoked an astounding range
the Bahians, Cultural Centre of tone colours. from m -uted
audiences got a glimapme of tatoos to ear-splitting cres-
the sanJba in its natural habi- cendoes, maintaining through-
tat, free of the basardisaton out kinetic rhythms demand-
which made the dance accept- ed by the dancers.
able in the formal theatre, on
the Hollywood screen and The Brazilians, too are keen
with datners at nightspots. on audience participation. As
As with any company the curtain went up on Tues-
whose .fort is Afro rhythms, day niJgt, they offered bee-
th Viia Bahia folklore group dictions to the front row of
boasts incredible drummers, the audience, dusting their
Two of these appeared at the heads and shoulders with
Centre ad from instruments leaves and pouring libations
ablaze with dellhtfully au- on tye flOor
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womome swing into their samba simultaneously with an in--
bottle-balancing act.

The show ended on a less
sombre note. It was carnival
time wben the finale came
around, the company bearing
flags of Guyana and Brazil

by young people who came
forward on their own accord
from way down in the thea-a
tre, all roadmarching in true
carnival style.

and shooting paper streamers The curtain came down on
across the stage and out into the Vwva Bahia show with
the theatre. Then they pulled Brazil ans and Guyanese ca-
up those in the audience sit- vorting with each other, a
ting in the first two rows and welcome bit of symbolism for,
enticed them onstage to join those keen on a coming to-
In the jump-up. gether of South Americar,
states, particularly so as the
Very soon Government Minister of Foreign Affairs
Ministers and Carifesta offi. wa among those in that la
ials wer. joined on stge dance.

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