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Brazilian Dance: Contempo Physical Dance's SenZalma

Contempo Physical Dance returns to The Cowles Center with the world premiere of SenZalma, a new full-length work exploring the universal human struggle toward freedom from an Afro-Brazilian perspective. Inspired by the poem "O Navio Negreiro" (The Slave Ship) by renowned Brazilian author Castro Alves, SenZalma is a combination of the words “senzala” (slave quarters) and “alma” (soul). Senzalas were large structures created specifically to house African slaves in Brazil, who were believed to not have souls. Choreographed by Marciano Silva dos Santos with original music by Brazilian composer Divan of São Paulo, SenZalma is both a lamentation and a celebration of the human spirit featuring Contempo Physical Dance's dynamic fusion of Afro-Brazilian dance, capoeira, and contemporary dance.

Friday, February 7th at 8 pm (also Saturday, February 8th at 8 pm & Sunday, February 9th at 2 pm if you can't join the group)

Tickets (all fees included): $24 – Adults, $20 – Students / Seniors, $16 – Children 12 & under; purchase at

Stay for a discussion with the artists following the February 7th performance as part of The Cowles Center’s Meet the Company: Talk-Back Series.

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  • Beruryah ".

    Senzala? Perhaps Sanzala. Sanzala a small village/house/hut in Angola (kimbundo language). Not to forget that Brazil was colonized by slaves from Angola hence the strong cultural, food, music, traditions, religious believes, structures of society, family traditions etc that bind both countries. Brazil was the first country to help Angola in its quest for independence.
    The word "sanzala" today is used in various meanings and connotations. My house in Mpls is called the "Sanzala do Kissute"

    1 · February 3, 2014

    • Jenny

      That's very interesting and yes, you are right, Brazil has many cultural connections to Angola.

      February 6, 2014

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