Brazilian dances


Frevo Frevo has its roots in Recife, Pernambuco. The word frevo originates from frever, a Portuguese word ferver (to boil). This word associates with the dance - it seems like the dancers are boiling on stage. Frevo is not only a dance but also a music style.

By the end of XIX century gangs (mostly consisting of deserters of Brazilian armies) were situated around the city. When the traditional carnival was held in Recife these gangs little by little started to take part in it. They performed to the music of frevo which suited the best as it resembles a march. Each gang tried to be distinctive from the others, each orchestra tried to play faster and louder than the others.

Many groups put their men in front of the orchestra who wielded knives and knew the art of capoeira, they frightened off rivals and sometimes even brought the situation to the boiling point.

To put an end to this wave of violence the organisators proposed a brilliant way of solving the problem. The knives were replaced with umbrellas and capoeira movements were transformed into a dance.

Due to the same competition both music and dance frevo got many novelties. Each dancer worked on the development of new movements which required much flexibility, force, endurance and most of all originality. The struggle between the groups turned from physical into esthetical. Frevo includes jumps,

Frevo costumes were specially designed to attract even more spectators, therefore they are so bright and colourful.

The umbrella movements are a part of the dance and it is a common practice to make acrobatic movements with an umbrella.

Today even frevo competitions are held.