Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Samba Dancers - Brazil's Carnival 2013 - (1)

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By Ruth Whitehead,  PUBLISHED: 12:13 GMT, 9 February 2013 | UPDATED: 19:02 GMT, 9 February 2013
By Associated Press Reporter, PUBLISHED: 09:55 GMT, 11 February 2013 | UPDATED: 18:52 GMT, 11 February 2013

 

Dazzle: revellers from the Academicos do Tatuape samba school and the samba school Mancha Verde Special Group join in the first night of carnival parade at Sao Paolo's Sambadrome.
PHOTO: Dazzle: revellers from the Academicos do Tatuape samba school and the samba school Mancha Verde Special Group join in the first night of carnival parade at Sao Paolo's Sambadrome.
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Brazil's Carnival celebrations opened with a bang yesterday as hundreds of thousands took to the streets to enjoy the start of the country's famous parades and street parties.



Parade: Members of the Mancha Verde samba school at Sao Paulo's Sambadrome.
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Korean popstar Psy, whose "Gangnam Style" single with its signature dance moves has made him a global phenomenon, performed to huge crowds in Salvador, Brazil's third-biggest city, last night.

Other Brazilian and foreign celebrities, including US actress Megan Fox, are flying out to liven up the celebrations in Rio de Janeiro and elsewhere.



Dazzle: revellers from the Academicos do Tatuape samba school and the samba school Mancha Verde Special Group join in the first night of carnival parade at Sao Paolo's Sambadrome.
PHOTO: Dazzle: revellers from the Academicos do Tatuape samba school and the samba school Mancha Verde Special Group join in the first night of carnival parade at Sao Paolo's Sambadrome.
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The five days of street parties, balls and parades traditionally shut down most of Latin America's biggest country, luring millions of locals and tourists to celebrations across the country. Rio alone is expected to attract 900,000 tourists and generate £420 million for the local economy this year.



Got rhythm: a queen of the drums of the Rosas de Ouro samba school performs during the first night of Sao Paulo's Carnival parades.
PHOTO: Got rhythm: a queen of the drums of the Rosas de Ouro samba school performs during the first night of Sao Paulo's Carnival parades.
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The different carnivals, which take place in Sao Paulo, Pernambuco, Minas Gerais as well as Rio and Salvador and numerous other cities, each showcase their own type of music such as samba, samba-reggae and funk samba. Last night parades began in Sao Paulo's specially built Sambadrome, a space designed for parades.



Play to the gallery: the parades take place in the Sambadrome, a specially built space for parades.
PHOTO: Play to the gallery: the parades take place in the Sambadrome, a specially built space for parades.
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The annual event takes place in the days leading up to Lent, the 40-day period before Easter. It began yesterday with the the mayor of Rio de Janeiro symbolically handing over the keys of the city to King Momo, the ceremonial figurehead of Brazil's best-known Carnival celebrations.

But this year's festivities are taking place under the pall of the recent nightclub fire that killed 238 people in the southern city of Santa Maria. Sixty-five others are still hospitalised.



The different carnivals, which take place in Sao Paulo, Pernambuco, Minas Gerais as well as Rio and Salvador and numerous other cities, each showcase their own type of music such as samba, samba-reggae and funk samba.
PHOTO: The different carnivals, which take place in Sao Paulo, Pernambuco, Minas Gerais as well as Rio and Salvador and numerous other cities, each showcase their own type of music such as samba, samba-reggae and funk samba.
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On Thursday evening President Dilma Rousseff attended a mass in honour of the victims of the disaster at the cathedral in Brasilia, the capital.

Her press office said she would not be taking part in this year's events.



The greatest party on Earth': Rio Carnival reaches its breathtaking climax as thousands of scantily-clad samba dancers gyrate through the streets in an explosion of music and colour.
PHOTO: The greatest party on Earth': Rio Carnival reaches its breathtaking climax as thousands of scantily-clad samba dancers gyrate through the streets in an explosion of music and colour.
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Dozens of cities, most of them near where the 27 January nightclub disaster occurred, cancelled or toned down some of their festivities.

Hundreds of nightclubs and other venues remain closed after municipal authorities across the country moved to crack down on lax enforcement of safety codes, one of several factors that investigators say led to the tragedy in Santa Maria.



Record hopes: The city hoped to attract around 2.3 million people to the festival in one single day but fell short when only 1.8 million visitors arrived.
PHOTO: Record hopes: The city hoped to attract around 2.3 million people to the festival in one single day but fell short when only 1.8 million visitors arrived.
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Gaudencio Torquato, a columnist writing in the Estado de S.Paulo newspaper, this week compared Brazil to a 'see-saw', a country where emotional 'highs and lows relieve each other without interruption'.

In addition, Salvador suffered a power cut on Thursday, which was caused by short circuits after revellers threw Carnival tinsel on power lines.



Five days of fun: Sunday night saw six samba schools showcase their mesmerising allegorical pageantry before a global television audience, the highlight of a five-day extravaganza.
PHOTO: Five days of fun: Sunday night saw six samba schools showcase their mesmerising allegorical pageantry before a global television audience, the highlight of a five-day extravaganza.
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It is often cited as being one of the best party city's in the world. And with an explosion of music and colour, Rio de Janeiro proved why it receives that moniker during the breathtaking climax of its carnival.

Hoards of scantily clad beauty queens and gyrating samba dancers paraded through the streets, dressed in little more than feathers and high heals.



Long time in the making: It takes nearly a year and hundreds of workers, many of them volunteers, to pull the spectacular show together.
PHOTO: Long time in the making: It takes nearly a year and hundreds of workers, many of them volunteers, to pull the spectacular show together.
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They were battling it out for the coveted position of Queen of the Carnival, which is renowned for being a symbol for youth, beauty and sex.

Sunday night saw six samba schools showcase their mesmerising allegorical pageantry in front of a global television audience of billions, in the highlight of a five-day extravaganza.



Golden girl: A reveller of Academico do Salgueiro samba school performs on top of a float.
PHOTO: Golden girl: A reveller of Academico do Salgueiro samba school performs on top of a float.
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Dressed in little more than feathers and high heels, thousands of women battled it out to be Queen of the Carnival.

The internationally renowned competition between 12 elite samba groups dazzles more than a billion spectators.

The first school to perform was Inocentes de Belford Roxo, with a colourful homage to Korean culture. Following closely was Salgueiro, last year's Carnival champion Unidos da Tijuca, Uniao da Ilha, Mocidade and Portela.

Inocentes de Belford Roxo, performed the Korean culture theme called 'The Seven Confluences of the Han River' to invoke the protection of the ancient Korean wind goddess Yondung Halmoni.



Fiery climax: The first school to perform was Inocentes de Belford Roxo, with a colorful homage to Korean culture.
PHOTO: Fiery climax: The first school to perform was Inocentes de Belford Roxo, with a colorful homage to Korean culture.
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Thousands of participants clad in elaborate costumes made their way to Rio's 72,500-seat open-air Sambodrome, designed by the late star architect Oscar Niemeyer.

Between the wings there are several floats separating the sections. Most of the floats are pushed by men from the school's community, though some are motorised.



Flying tiger: The Brazilian carnival originated in the 19th century with small street performances but soon evolved into a grand visual feast.
PHOTO: Flying tiger: The Brazilian carnival originated in the 19th century with small street performances but soon evolved into a grand visual feast.
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The internationally renowned competition between 12 elite samba groups dazzles more than a billion spectators in person and on TV for two days, but it takes nearly a year and hundreds of workers, many of them volunteers, to pull each one together.



Flying tiger performers from the Inocentes de Belford Roxo samba school parade.
PHOTO: Flying tiger performers from the Inocentes de Belford Roxo samba school parade.
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'We're anonymous artists. The public has no idea who builds all this,' said Angelica da Silva Bernardes, one of those working in the warehouse run by the Grande Rio group. She's a telemarketer who cuts her day job to part-time during the pre-Carnival season to help out her group in the afternoons and evenings. 'Our motivation is seeing the way people light up when they see our work.'



Feathers and glitter: A reveller of Portela samba school performs during the first night of Carnival parade.
PHOTO: Feathers and glitter: A reveller of Portela samba school performs during the first night of Carnival parade.
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Bernardes is part of an army of dedicated workers who spend their days, and, as Carnival approaches, their nights, designing, welding, carving, cutting, sewing and embroidering, all to create a seamless spectacle for others.



Elaborate: Preparation for the show starts months in advance, and each school mobilises thousands of supporters who create the various parts of the school's display.
PHOTO: Elaborate: Preparation for the show starts months in advance, and each school mobilises thousands of supporters who create the various parts of the school's display.
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It's hard work. Grandmothers strain their eyes sewing for hours. Paint-stained young men in old shorts and flip-flops take naps on ratty pieces of foam laid out between work tables in the wood shops after pushing through the night. In the days leading up to the parade, the intensity revs up, and there are fewer breaks.



An elderly reveller of Nene de Vila Matilde samba school performs during the second night of Carnival parades at the Sambadrome of Sao Paulo.
PHOTO: An elderly reveller of Nene de Vila Matilde samba school performs during the second night of Carnival parades at the Sambadrome of Sao Paulo.

Long time in the making: It takes nearly a year and hundreds of workers, many of them volunteers, to pull the spectacular show together. Grandmothers strain their eyes sewing for hours.
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Directing the madness at Grande Rio's warehouse is Roberto Szaniecki, the 'carnavalesco,' or artistic director, who works in an all-white office on a floor above the work space, surrounded by large computer screens, slick new laptops and a team of architects, graphic designers, clothing designers, theatre set producers and other technical help.

It is from Szaniecki's mind that spring the magnificent creatures being brought to life by workers in the warehouse below.



A performer from the Unidos de Vila Isabel samba school parades during Carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013.
PHOTO:  A performer from the Unidos de Vila Isabel samba school parades during Carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013.

Rio de Janeiro's samba schools vied for the title of the year's best in an over-the-top, all-night-long Carnival parade at the city's iconic Sambadrome. 
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Dressed simply in a dark blue polo shirt and grey cargo pants, he sat for an interview at his white desk marked by multiple coffee-cup rings, his nicotine-stained fingers raising yet another cigarette for the deep drags that punctuate his conversation.

Tacked on the wall above his head, poster-size renditions displayed the dozens of glitzy costumes that encompass the group's theme for this year's competition at the Sambadrome, where the schedule called for Grande Rio to take the floor at 12:25am on Tuesday.

'We work with the collective unconscious,' he said. 'Each image alludes to other, shared images, so that the spectator doesn't stop to think. It's all just absorbed together with the information in the song, translating into an idea, an impression in the mind of the people watching.'



Drum queen Lucilene Caetano, from Inocentes de Belford Roxo samba school, dances during a carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. AP / Silvia Izquierdo.
PHOTO: Drum queen Lucilene Caetano, from Inocentes de Belford Roxo samba school, dances during a carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. AP / Silvia Izquierdo.
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In spite of the dreamlike aspect of the procession, the creative process is very planned and meticulous, Szaniecki said. The materials, colours, even the equipment used, are all specified in instructions.

Carnival means a lot to Cariocas, as Rio's residents are known. It must be taken seriously, he said.

'It's our culture, our rhythm, our aesthetic language,' he said. 'It's the greatest show on Earth, and it's a source of pride for the country. It's a message we send about who we are.'



Thousands party on the streets at Brazil’s Rio carnival.
PHOTO: Thousands party on the streets at Brazil’s Rio carnival.
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Grande Rio chose a controversial theme this year: the benefits that cash derived from offshore oil drilling bring to Rio. The revenues, disputed by other inland states, must be invested in the safety infrastructure and health clinics that are essential for Rio residents, the group's song argues.

The Portela group, which has won the most honours at the Sambadrome over the years, chose this year to honor Madureira, the north side neighbourhood where it was born nearly a century ago. The group reached back in history to the days when sugar was king and vast plantations covered the state.



Rio de Janeiro's Carnival, 13 Feb, 2013
PHOTO: Rio de Janeiro's Carnival, 13 Feb, 2013
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Many of those dedicated to the roller-coaster of Carnival preparations describe it as Gomes did: an irresistible addiction. The tension of not knowing if it will all come together in time, followed by the great blow-out that is the parade, makes them feel alive in a way nothing else does.

Those who love this can't stop themselves from returning, year after year, in spite of the exhaustion, the cost and the time eaten up in the process, said Claudio Schneider, a hairdresser who stops working every August to dedicate himself exclusively to being an 'aderecista' responsible for the decorations that top the floats. He doesn't return to hair until after February.

'Each year, it's a child of mine that is born before the public eye,' he said. 'The emotion is too big for words.'


The greatest party on Earth - scantily clad dancers fill the streets in Rio de Janeiro


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PHOTO: Notting Hill Carnival 2012: Olympic Links Between London And Rio To Provide A Brazilian Beat.

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Dance troupe Paraiso – which prides itself for bringing “real Rio samba” to London, will be performing, having taken part in the Olympics closing ceremony flag handover.
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