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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 178 Attractions in Salvador
Type: Performances
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- Sep 15, 2014
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California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
16 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW 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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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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4 attraction reviews
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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11 helpful votes 11 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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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

This show is a must when traveling to Salvador. It is a story and a show about folk art in Brazil, Salvador in particular. It is quick, intense, fun and professional. Recommendations:1) bring a pillow or pad to sit on, since you will need to sit on a hard, wooden step for a while (we brought small pillows by recommendation... More

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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12 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

If you can figure out where it is (we got lost two times trying to get there) and you can figure out how to purchase tickets, then it will be worth it. Small venue with intimate ambiance and spectacular dancers, singers, and musicians. Authentic and fabulous.

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Xalapa, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

They recommended it on our hotel. When we arrived it looked like a small old theater, but we had an amazing surprise once the show started... It was amazing.

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Mumbai
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 via mobile

In these parts of Asia, we use this phrase of 'same same but different' to explain how on the surface the idea is the same, but deep within, it is fundamentally different. So is the case with the Folclorico da Bahia. On the surface, it was like the dances we saw in Sri Lanka, Vietnam and Myanmar -A four-act series... More

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