Thursday, April 8, 2010

DanceBrazil to Dazzle FAMU Campus

Florida A&M University (FAMU) Lyceum Series presents Dance Brazil on Saturday, April 10, at 7:30 p.m. in Lee Hall Auditorium. This is the final production of the 2009-2010 Lyceum Series.

DanceBrazil has thrilled audiences across the Unites States and throughout the world for more than 30 years with its dazzling artistry, which is inspired by the cultural tapestry of Brazil. Whether in the streets or on stage in the most-prestigious theaters, the dancers and musicians of DanceBrazil never fail to excite audiences with the company’s unique fusion of Afro-Brazilian movement, contemporary dance and Capoeira, the traditional dance/martial arts form that had its origins in Africa and evolved in colonial Brazil as a means of fighting enslavement.

Jelon Vieira founded DanceBrazil in 1977 after evolving the program from grass-roots workshops at the Clark Center for the Arts in New York City. Alvin Ailey joined the board of directors in 1980 and helped focus the objectives of DanceBrazil, emphasizing the company’s ability to speak to a broad North American community. In 1985, DanceBrazil premiered Orfeo Negro at the Riverside Dance Festival to critical and popular acclaim.

This academic year has welcomed a 3 Mo’ Divas concert that smashed musical barriers; a Media and Entertainment Conference; the Highwaymen Exhibition; FAMU Essential Theatre presentation of “Crowns, ” which featured actress and FAMU alumna T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh; and at the end of this month, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with jazz legend Wynton Marsalis.

Student tickets are $5, Non-FAMU student tickets are $7; senior citizen tickets are $12; general admission tickets are $15; and preferred seating tickets are $25.

Free tickets will be available to the first 450 FAMU students with valid ID (first come, first served; registration is required).

Closing dates for online payments/registration for DanceBrazil is April 4, at midnight.

Tickets for Lyceum events may be purchased at or in the Commons Box Office, located across the street from the main entrance of Lee Hall Auditorium. Lyceum Box Office hours are Monday through Friday, noon to 5:30 p.m. the week of the event and one hour prior to the time of the performance.

There will also be a shuttle service available the night of the show from 6 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. The shuttle will run every 15 minutes on the East Side of Bragg Stadium and in front of Lee Hall.

For more information, call (850) 561-2425 or (850) 599-3413.

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