Region: South West
Alegria Samba School will create a new and enduring creative partnership between disability-led carnival organisations in Brazil and the UK.
Embaixadores da Alegria are ‘the world’s leading carnival organisation for people with disabilities and special needs’ (Ruth MacKenzie, Director, 2012 London Cultural Olympiad). They will share their unique skill and experiences with emerging disabled artists and performers from VIVA Carnival based on the Isle of Wight.
VIVA artists will undertake research and high level skills development activities hosted by Embaixadores at their base in Rio in July. This work will inform the designs and prototypes for the creation of a new collaborative work, Alegria, a Brazilian-style Samba School incorporating the traditional elements of Mastre Sal and Porta Bandeira, Comissao de Frente and Rainha da Bateria, all with flamboyant costumes.
If VIVA are successful in second stage funding the entire Alegria Samba School will be produced in partnership with other disability led arts organisations in London and Liverpool and tour to carnivals across the UK with the major elements only appearing at Europe’s largest carnival in Viareggio, Italy before finally returning to Rio as a culmination of this exciting international collaboration.