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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 68 Activities in Salvador
Type: Performances
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London, United Kingdom
18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

First of all, let me tell you, that the theatre is little bit on a low key that you might imagine it to be. However the dancers make it an incredible experience. You will be taking back in time and guided through Bahian history. You will have a glimpse of all there such as African gods, capoeira etc The performance... More 

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Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Although I don't like most traditional folklore shows, this one was quite good. The dancing is well done, the costumes authentic, and the singing typically local. The dancers are in amazing shape. The only problem is the comfort of the seats. They are just wooden benches in a small theater under street level. Beware those with bad backs.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Incredible! One of the events you must see/do while you are in Salvador. What an incredible show - amazing dancing, singing, costumes, and a whirl wind of the Bahia culture. Each dance illustrates a story - so have the leaflet at hand when you go in for the show. Great to see so many of the dancers enjoying their own... More 

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New York City, New York
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3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

I'd like to address the review below mine (from weltenbummler687). This page is for a dance troupe who perform a theatrical interpretation of a number of traditional dances (some of them religious). Nobody is claiming that an actual Candomble ritual is being performed and I think it is really unfair to provide a one-star review based on an opinion of... More 

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Sydney, Australia
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Shows just why Salvador and Bahia is the cultural centre for music and dance (as well as food) in Brazil The intensity and professionalism of the group, was magnificent showing aspects (in dance) of Candomble, Capoeira, Cangaceiros and the rhythms and dress of Bahia. The food was good too, typical of the region and lots of it.

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London, United Kingdom
19 reviews 19 reviews
13 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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79 helpful votes 79 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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13 attraction reviews
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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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32 reviews 32 reviews
6 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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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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