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July 2, 2003 | Victoria Looseleaf, Special to The Times
The thunderous percussion sounds are so intense that the floor vibrates under a dozen gyrating bodies drenched in sweat. If the walls weren't blanketed with mirrors, and the lights weren't so classroom-like, one might mistake the scene for a rave -- or a heavy metal concert. In truth, it's Viver Brasil Dance Company, a local troupe of 22 dancers, singers and musicians amid a feverish rehearsal at Dance Arts Academy on La Brea.
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July 2, 2003 | Victoria Looseleaf, Special to The Times
The thunderous percussion sounds are so intense that the floor vibrates under a dozen gyrating bodies drenched in sweat. If the walls weren't blanketed with mirrors, and the lights weren't so classroom-like, one might mistake the scene for a rave -- or a heavy metal concert. In truth, it's Viver Brasil Dance Company, a local troupe of 22 dancers, singers and musicians amid a feverish rehearsal at Dance Arts Academy on La Brea.
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July 19, 2003
Re "Quiet!" (July 11), both the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre and Viver Brasil Dance Company were surprised to learn of critic Lewis Segal's experience July 5 and would like to put his comments in perspective. As far as Ford staff knows, he is the only one of 1,200 people in attendance who left or had a bad experience during the concert. Mr. Segal was sitting in the fifth row, closer to the stage (and sound system) than many in the house, but was among packed rows of people, many of whom were clapping, swaying and generally having a great time.
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December 21, 2006
This show is just too big for only one host. More than 45 musical ensembles, choirs and dance troupes will perform Sunday at the 47th annual Los Angeles County Holiday Celebration at the Music Center. This six-hour extravaganza will feature six hosts: Broadway performer Sheryl Lee Ralph, humorist-performer Sandra Tsing Loh, actor Sean Michael Afable, L.A. aficionado-historian-entertainer Charles Phoenix, actor Jsu Garcia and comic actor Fred Willard.
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July 10, 2006 | Victoria Looseleaf, Special to The Times
If love makes the world go round, the locally based Viver Brasil Dance Company was on a devotional tear Saturday night, in its fourth appearance at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre since 2003. Premiering "Mo Ife: Love Stories" -- tales of desire and intrigue from Bahia -- seven dancers tackled choreographer Rosangela Silvestre's ebullient blend of traditional and contemporary dance idioms with equal parts passion and flair.
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July 7, 2008 | Victoria Looseleaf, Special to The Times
Imbued with their own brand of pyrotechnic physicality, members of the locally based Viver Brasil Dance Company shredded the stage of John Anson Ford Amphitheatre on Saturday. In its sixth season at the venue, the troupe, founded in 1997 and directed by the husband-and-wife team of percussionist Luiz Badaro ( and Linda Yudin, presented "The Gift on the Water/Omi Odara." And what a gift it was.
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January 2, 2004 | Don Heckman, Special to The Times
A Pink Martini on New Year's Eve may sound like another colorful concoction with which to raise the spirits as the clock approaches midnight. Something to add to the celebratory downing of green apple and Cosmopolitan martini variations, supplemented by a stroke-of-12 dash of pink Champagne. All of which turned out to be a pretty good definition of the essence of what the group, Pink Martini, brought to a pair of packed-house performances at Disney Hall on Wednesday night.
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October 11, 2001
10am Festival Cultures from both sides of the Pacific meet at the Seal Beach Kite Festival, a two-day event sponsored by the Japan America Society. Bring kites and fly them for prizes or participate in kite-making lessons or watch demonstrations by world-famous performers. The second day features a number of Japanese cultural events, including kite battles and live taiko drummers. * Seal Beach Kite Festival, Seal Beach Pier, Main Street and Ocean Avenue. Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-sundown.
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July 3, 2003
ART An L.A. original Long before there was a burgeoning art scene in Los Angeles, Frederick Hammersley was here. In 1959, he had his first show at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Now, he's considered an abstract classicist. You'll recognize his clean lines and bold colors. His will be one of three shows opening this week at L.A. Louver gallery in Venice. "Frederick Hammersley: Organic Abstract Paintings" covers 45 years of his work.
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February 20, 2009 | Charlie Amter
Suddenly, Los Angeles is feeling a little like Sao Paolo. First, two large Carnaval-related events will take place this weekend -- a festival in Santa Barbara and the annual Brazilian Carnaval at the Palladium Saturday. Then, a DJ-centric dance party dubbed Made in Brazil returns to Hollywood early next month after a well-received August turn at the Avalon, and automaker Scion is sponsoring an art exhibition of emerging Sao Paolo street artists at the Choque Cultural Gallery, which debuts Feb.
NEWS
January 22, 2004
MARIA GILLESPIE Her dancing can veer from swift and hummingbird-like to meltingly graceful in a heartbeat. Since relocating from New York to Los Angeles in 1996, the petite, 32-year-old Gillespie has been making a name for herself in modern dance as a performer, choreographer and teacher. Last year, she received two Lester Horton Dance Awards for individual and small ensemble performance for her work in Victoria Marks' "Against Ending."
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