Migrants, Multiculture

Journey inside Amazonian culture

The dance company artLAT will perform their UK show “Amazonas Spectacular – International Contemporary Carnival”, a voyage of dance through the world’s largest tropical forest.

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The Amazon Rainforest is the largest tropical forest in the world and one of the planet’s most diverse regions. Throughout its 6 million square kilometres, spread across the countries of Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Bolivia, Ecuador, Guyana, French Guiana, Venezuela and Surinam, ancient traditions and cultures have survived which now find themselves in greater danger of being wiped out every day.

Through the dance show “Amazonas Spectacular- International Contemporary Carnival”, the British theatre company artLAT, the Arte Latino Cultural Project, wants to communicate all this diversity through their mode of artistic expression: dance.

The piece has been inspired by the ancient cultures that were recently discovered on the banks of the Amazon River, and is an attempt to create a bridge between dance, the rainforest, the UK and traditional Latin American cultures.

With this goal in mind, different elements of the region’s traditions will be acted out, including Colombia’s Carnival of Blacks and Whites, the largest and most important festival in the south of Colombia, declared a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.

Alongside this, the show will also include dances inspired by traditional Amazonian warriors, accompanied by live Latin American music.

The performance will be divided into four epic stories of Amazonian myths and legends, performed by 31 prestigious Latin American artists.

The cast of “Amazonas Spectacular- International Contemporary Carnival” is led by Myriam Ojeda-Patiño, the artistic director and choreographer of the organisation, founded in 1994 as a cultural platform to present the work of Latin American artists as well as to incorporate elements from other arts such as music or art and visual installations to dance.

The show, which has already proved a hit since its first performance at Liverpool Carnival, is now coming to London from the 3rd to the 6th of September at the Picture Festival: Potters Fields, at Potters Fields Park in Tower Bridge, Tooley Street, Southwark SE1 2AA. It will begin at 10am as part of London’s cultural program for the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Entry is free.

In addition, on the 7th of September the show will visit the Out There Festival in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.

For more information visit: http://www.amazonasspectacular.com/


(Translated by Fiona Marshall – Email: fiona_mn@hotmail.co.uk)

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