Arts World is currently engaged in number of projects:
Project Pé no Chão
did I come from? Where did my family come from?
No Chão seeks to counter the loss of native culture that many young
children of Brazilian descent face as a result of being raised in the
United States. Just as in the case of many other cultures involving
families immigrating to the United States, Brazilian parents do not
always have the time or resources to provide their children a rich and
traditional presentation of their heritage. Through first hand
experience of Brazilian culture (arts, music, dance, drama) we hope to
instill a sense of cultural identity which would otherwise fall by the
In Brazil, the phrase "Pé No Chão" - translated
literally as "Feet on the Ground" - has two meanings, which both
contribute to its relevance. First, it refers to being aware of your
surroundings and being prepared for what may come. Second, it is a
phrase that comes up in many of the traditional dances which were danced
not only barefoot, but also with the feet contributing an important
part of the rhythm.
Currently, Project Pé No Chão consists of an
educational program being offered to elementary schools in the greater
Boston area. Students not only practice traditional Brazilian music and
dancing, but also learn about cultural history and identity.
more information, please contact Rosangela Santiago
De onde eu vim? De onde minha familia
no chão é um programa que vai mostrar ao adolescente ou a criança a
origem de sua familia através da arte. Dando a eles a oportunidade de
conhecer a origem do seu povo, como sua comunidade foi construida e como
a arte (principalmente a musica e a dança) teve um papel muito
importante para a formação da identidade do seu povo. Atraves de danca,
teatro e movimentos corporais, os estudantes vao aprender e vivenciar a
história de seu povo. As aulas práticas serão enriquecidas com o estudo
da história dessas danças.
desse projeto é trazer a criança ou o adolescente para um ambiente de
identificação cultural brasileira através da arte. O que trará aos
estudantes a oportunidade de conhecer suas raizes culturais e
desenvolver sua percepção critica a nivel individual e coletivo.
Para mais informações,
entre em contato com Rosangela Santiago.
Project Noites Cariocas
Cariocas is the first in a line of projects designed to bring the
relatively unknown styles of Brazilian dancing to the public.
Specifically, Noites Cariocas seeks to introduce Samba de Gafieira, the
type of dancing found at night in the bars and nightclubs, or
"gafieiras" of Rio de Janeiro. There's no question that the Boston area
is culturally rich in terms of Brazilian music; Brazilian jazz, Bossa
Nova and Samba are taught and performed widely in the area. The
addition of dancing, however, brings the community a greater
understanding and appreciation of the total culture.
bringing celebrated Samba de Gafieira, Salsa and Zouk dancer Patrick
Carvalho to Boston for a series of classes, workshops and shows during
the months of May and June. Patrick is an internationally renowned
dance teacher and performer, having travelled throughout Europe and the
US, and having danced in the 2007 movie Brasileirinho
. In his
native Rio de Janeiro, he runs a dance company and has performed with
artists like Alcione and Marcelo Chocolate. More information can be
found on the workshop
For more information, please contact Rosangela Santiago