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Grito Verde at Teatro Amazonas
by David Messineo

The line of male dancers
moves slowly toward front stage.
Each blows a bamboo pipe,
accentuates an unseen orchestra.

Pipes become balance beams.
Dancers spin and counterspin
on and off pivoted pipes.

A large screen projects
a ridge through rainforest river,
dancers clad in green and brown
the battle between trees and loggers.

From penera to hammocks to hats,
props and dancers work together,
convey some of Brazil's stories.

No abstract nonsense here.
No "What did we just see?"
No "What was that all about?"
No "What a waste of my time and money."

This is what dance should be:
intelligent, visually beautiful,
creatively clever, with excellent technique.

When the live band rises from below the stage,
playing music of traditional Brazilian culture
all levels of the Teatro offer standing ovation.

Dance, music, plays once again shine
from the glorious man stage.
Teatro Amazonas: tourist "must-see."




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