Aché Brasil performing group has performed in thousands of festivals, special events and over 6,000 school shows.
* “AchÃ© Brasil re-created the party atmosphere of “carnaval” in Bahia with a mix of acrobatic capoeira and butt-shaking sambas. The costumes were dazzlingly colourful…”
(International Jazz Festival notes) – The Georgia Straight
by Alex Varty, Tony Montague, Ken Eisner and Jennifer Van Evra
* “It is my opinion that this incredible group of people best represent their country Brazil in all its splendor and high energy. We feel that this dance group was the highlight of this year’s Festival Latino.”
by Dean Jackson – Director – International Festival Latino – Plaza of Nations
* “We continue to hear comments from audience members about your performances, as well as your unique dances. Your diverse music combined with your dynamic stage show kept the audience’s attention, and got them dancing in a way no other group at this year’s festival was able to do.”
by Tunde Dawodu – Director – Afrikadey Festival – Calgary
* “Your warmth and enthusiastic rapport with the audience combined with infectious rhythms and dazzling dance created an evening of unsurpassed enjoyment.”
By Francis Xavier – Director of Festivals – Mission Folk Festival
* “AchÃ© Brasil” awed parents and children at the Frostbite Festival Sunday with their Afro-Brazilian music and dance…[they] introduced Yukoners to “capoeira” dancing, a combination of dance and acrobatics.”
The Whitehorse STAR
* “Brazilian acrobat Eclilson De Jesus took his body-space perception to the limit, twirling spears and kicking his feet within inches of front-row viewers, physically portraying how enslaved people used to practise martial arts in the fields, unbeknownst to their masters.”
by Kevin Dunn, The Georgia Straight
* “AchÃ© Brasil came on stage after a rap act and they soon took over the park…Brazilian rhythms in a park on a sunny day are a beautiful thing and the crowd began to move into their groove. That’s when AchÃ© Brasil began to dance – leaping, spinning, dangerous looking dancing.”
by Dugg Simpson, Artistic Director – Vancouver Folk Music Festival
* “In another break, Capoeira dancers, a style of dance developed in Brazil based on martial art, tore up the air as they twisted their bodies to the music while defying gravity.”
by Virginia Leeming – The Vancouver Sun
* “Capoeira is a spectacular Afro-Brazilian dance form, derived from martial arts, that combines the power of kickboxing with the energy of break dancing and the grace of gymnastics.”
By Tony Montague – The Georgia Straight
* “AchÃ© Brasil portrays many of the influences of the Brazilian culture with a brilliant explosion of talent and excitement designed to capture the imagination and attention of the whole family.”
by Deb Saffin – Rocky Mountain Weekender
The performance at Blessed Sacrament (Grades 3-8 in a packed gym) was spectacular! The level of the very ‘acrobatic’ dance/martial arts was superior and the total involvement of the children was always in evidence.
The teaching aspects were incorporated into the introductions in an engaging, often humorous manner. The children were reminded of the African influence as slaves in Brasil and how they accomplished a semblance of freedom in creating and incorporating a martial arts aspect into their dance. No forcing or reiterating of the ‘history’ was needed.
The children were asked to repeat several Portuguese ‘calls’ which they did with intuitive response and enthusiasm. Their participation in dance was highly responsive, too.
The explanation of the origin of one of their ‘musical instruments’ and of resonance was highly imaginative and humorous.
The children, no doubt, must have reflected on the unique athleticism of the 4 members: each was lean, flexible and highly energetic. The costumes, sometimes outrageous as befits the times and culture, were authentic and used to superb effect.
Here was teaching at its summit. There was no unnecessary talking, just the revealing of the history by highly energetic dance and movement which conveyed the story completely.
It provided a golden opportunity for teachers at all grade levels to discuss African influence in the slave culture in a South American country.
It was pure delight from beginning to end. ~ Mary Legge, Principal – Blessed Sacrament Elementary – Toronto, ON