THE RYDGES POST

Entertainment/Theatre ian 9/1/2014

The lambada is known as the sexiest dance on the planet – Braz Dos Santos’ Brazouka takes the sexy Brazilian dance up another notch.

The show comes to Australia in October and November and tickets will be in demand. It is not just a dance show – it is an extraordinary true story from the toughest streets in Brazil. It is directed (and co-created) by Arlene Phillips and written and co-created by Pamela Stephenson-Connolly. She enlisted her hubby, Billy Connolly, to provide that narration.

BrazoukaThis is the true story of the star, Braz Dos Santos – how he grew up in a family of nine children in two rooms and was forced to leave school in his teens to risk his life in small boats to contribute income from fishing. He would pray for weather so rough that fishing wasn’t possible – and would follow the older men to where they would spend their cash and days off – in a bordello. Because Braz was too young to go inside he would peer through the cracks and watch them dance the lambada. He soon learnt the erotic dance, as teenage boys would, and it took him to the international stage. You can read his amazing story here.

Sixteen dazzling dancers take audiences on this journey of passion, sensuality, pulsing music and explosive energy through the sensational dance language of Lambazouk and other thrilling Afro-Brazilian dances.

The show is currently wowing audiences in London, then heads to South Africa before the Australian tour. Dates and venues are:

Perth – Regal Theatre in Subiaco – from October 23

Sydney – at the Enmore Theatre in Newtown – November 13 to 16

Melbourne – at The Palms at Crown – November 19 to 30

If you are travelling to see the show and would like accommodation to make it a very special night, Rydges Perth, Rydges World Square or Rydges Sydney Central (or Rydges Sydney Airport if you are flying in) and Rydges Melbourne in the CBD or Rydges on Swanston on Melbourne’s city fringe will look after you.

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