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Bale Folclorico da Bahia

Rua Gregorio de Matos 49 | Pelourinho, Salvador, State of Bahia 40026-240, Brazil
71 3322-1962
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Ranked #3 of 181 Attractions in Salvador
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London, United Kingdom
19 reviews 19 reviews
13 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Where the capoeira starts and you have multiple dancers jut across the floor in what looks like unbelieveable footsteps. Amazing, and worth seeing for the last 10 mins alone!!!! (Its quite a short show, 45 mins or so)

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New York City, New York
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127 reviews 127 reviews
73 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

The show includes several difference sequences and starts with Candomble which can be a bit obscure to the uninitiated. The good news is that if you have read the flyer before going, you know exactly who is who and what's going on which makes this first sequence a lot more accessible. Absent that, you might stat wondering if you got... More

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Miami, Florida
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45 reviews 45 reviews
12 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

I wanted to enjoy this show, but I didn't. It seems that the directors of the show wanted to get across an "authentic" or "cultural" presentation, and managed to create a "serious" slow, boring show to the accompaniment of the shrill voices of two old women and a small band playing monotonous music. It was all somewhat depressing. What was... More

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New York City, New York
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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

There are 3 main types of dances that are performed by this highly talented troupe. Dances inspired by Candomble (the West African originated religion), in which the dancers express the personalities of various deities. Folk dances that illustrate daily activities in Bahia, such as fishing, and Capoeira, which combines martial arts with acrobatic dance moves. All are expertly executed with... More

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34 reviews 34 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 via mobile

This theater is in historical part of town, small and you sit on steps which are uncomfortable. Having said that. Go early and sit in the middle or back And watch the performers face and eyes. It is memorizing. It is a little of dance, martial arts with some gymnastics movements. Bahia folklore WithAfrican roots. Called capoeira. Worth seeing not... More

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33 reviews 33 reviews
15 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

The performance takes place in an old theater located in the heart of the historic district. You are sitted on a step (not really comfortable) and the stage is quite small. But the performance and specially the artists are great. The show lasts approximately one hour (a little bit too short) and depicts the African influence brought by the slaves.

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Niteroi, RJ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

I felt compelled, as a Brazilian girl, to take with me a couple of foreign friends to see and feel what Bahia is. This show is a good sample of the African influences, brought by the slaves, during our colonization period, vivid even today in our culture. Music, dance, religion, clothes; makes clear the syncretism that occurred in our country,... More

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Port of Spain, Trinidad
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I read so many reviews about how this was a must see. But I must say within the first 10 minutes I wondered what I had gotten myself in to! However, the first ten minutes is a build up to the faster paced dancing/action. And believe me, once you get there, you will be mesmerized till the end of the... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

This is known to be the best folcloric ballet in the world, but honestly it could have a better structure for its size. The theater is too small and the performance is compromised by the size of the stage. I saw their performance in Europe and it was far better than the one in Salvador. It's a pitty but it... More

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Cleveland, Ohio
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Yes, this is a must in Bahia. Superb dancing -- some of their movies, especially in capoeira, are not to be believed. Informative, too, about the history and cultural background of the region. Cost is 45 reais (about $20) for one hour. Your hotel may be able to get tickets. Advance purchase is a good idea since it often sells... More

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