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On The Road with Virginia Johnson: DTH in Brazil!


Dance Theatre of Harlem Company Members in Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Balamouk | Photo by Paula Lobo

The Company’s return to Brazil for the first time since 1996 was a rousing success. Once again presented by Mozarteum Brasil, under the direction of Countess Sabine Lovatelli, with packed performances at Sao Paolo’s Teatro Alfa and Trancoso’s Teatro L’Occitane, there were master classes, a Lecture/Demonstration (in Portuguese!), and Dancing In the Street ( with the local community).

Sao Paolo and Trancoso could not have been any more different. Sao Paolo is a massive city with hellacious traffic and all kinds of things to see and do. Trancoso, in Bahia, was breathtakingly beautiful. Watching the sunrise over the beach is a sight never-to-be forgotten. The tour was especially meaningful for Brazilians Ingrid Silva and Dylan Santos. They were thrilled to have the chance to perform for members of their families, many of whom had not seen them for many years.