A smiling performer in green carnival attire, stood in the street with other performers and members of the public in the background.
Photo by Paul Davies

VIVA Carnival – Alegria Samba School

Viva Carnival Club (Valuing Individuals, Valuing All) is a disability led group bring together disabled and non-disabled carnival people to create high quality costume and performance.

They are partnering with The New Carnival Company to present Alegria Samba School – a carnival piece themed on the Altantic Rain Forest in Brazil, calling for everyone to help save the forest and the endangered creatures and the communities that live there. It features costumes inspired by exotic birds, flowers, animals and plants, as well as traditional characters from Afro Brazilian folklore.

Working in close collaboration with Rio’s top disability Samba School, Embaixadores da Alegria (Ambassadors of Happiness) they have closely followed the traditional Brazilian carnival structure.

Their presentation consists of:

  • The Commissau de Frente: a costumed dance section who perform a choreographed piece telling the story of the destruction and regeneration of the Atlantic rain forest.
  • Brazilian folklore characters: Gaia (Mother Earth), Oxossi (keeper of the forest), Caipora (a forest imp)
  • individual Brazilian character performers: Drum Queens, Porta Bandeira (Flag Bearer), Mestre Sala (Master of Ceremonies)
  • Alas (sections) of 10 elaborate identical costumes each
  • A Bateria (percussion section)
  • All crew and carers are wearing elaborate Brazilian t-shirts designed in collaboration with Rio’s Paul Davies of Embaixadores da Alegria


27 April 2019
'I'm Here Where Are You?' Festival, Cambridge Junction
10-11 September 2018
Unlimited Festival, Southbank Centre, London
22-26 August 2018
La Cittadella del Carnevale, Viareggia, Italy
7 July 2018
Newham Carnival
22 January 2018
New Carnival Company

Production details

The New Carnival Company

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