A demonstration of how an entire community comes together to achieve a common goal – the Mangueira samba school success recipe.
Established in the year 1928, the Mangueira samba school is the oldest amongst all the existing samba schools. It is a very popular school because of its successful samba hall, its old traditions and the support it gets from the whole community. Given its strong performance year after year, Mangueira 2011 will surely be another highlight.
Located at Rua Visconde de Niterói 1072, the Mangueira samba school holds samba nights every Saturday at 22:00 hours. Nights spent dancing here is always exciting and special. The facility housing the Mangueirasamba school, known as Palacio do Samba, boasts of state of the art technology and superior infrastructure facilities. It even has air conditioning, a retractable rooftop and water sprays from the fans to keep all the revelers comfortable.
As it has done for several years now, team Mangueira 2011 will also sport the hallmark green and pink colored costumes with a sense of well-earned pride. With more than eighty years of tradition behind them, the school has won the Sambodrome Championship a total of seventeen times, including the very first Parade Championship in 1932 and the 1984 Parade which was the first one to be held in the Sambadrome.
It has not always been smooth sailing for the school, however. It has had its share of low moments, especially when the media in Brazil brought out alleged links with drug dealers and criminal bookies in 2008. It is expected that Mangueira 2011 will be well and truly beyond such dark shadows.
In actual fact, Mangueira is much more than just a samba school. It is a well established commercial enterprise with its own brand equity. The dancers work within their community for its own good and this makes them very popular amongst the locals. This aspect makes the samba school unique when compared to many others.
Will 2011 be the year of the Mangueira samba school?
They promise you some horror some shivers and plenty of spirit – They are Unidos da Tijuca 2011!
Unidos da Tijuca Samba School is the third oldest Rio Samba School, having been founded during 1931 in the Morro do Borel Hill of Rio’s north side. It was an act of merger of 4 separate carnival blocos that led to its emergence. The school’s main aim was to preserve and give an impetus to traditional Brazilian folklore and garner support for popular causes. Its rehearsals are now held near Rodoviária bus terminal, at Clube dos Portuários.
Unidos da Tijuca Samba Schoolcan be described as a late bloomer; its earlier performances were quite unremarkable except for 1936, when it managed to clinch the top position. It caught the attention of spectators in 2004 when it put on an innovative, artistic and a slightly controversial performance. It made rapid strides since then and improved tremendously with regard to professionalism, structure and was the first to add live choreographed performers on floats; what are now referred to as human sculptures. It also has one of the strongest percussion bands among the samba schools.
Unidos da Tijuca Samba Schoolscaled the height of glory when it won the Championship in 2010 with its theme being É Segredo, in other words ‘It’s a Secret’. The director had given strict instructions prohibiting members not to divulge any details till the last day. It explored the mysteries, secrets and a number of unanswered questions of the universe.
Unidos da Tijuca 2011has a tough act to follow and Paulo Barros has already revealed the synopsis and poster for the theme. Unidos da Tijuca 2011 will have Esta noite Levarei Sua Alma or ‘This Night I Will Take Your Soul’ as its theme. It is expected to feature some of the top names from the Brazil film fraternity. Unidos da Tijuca 2011is said to be inspired by detective movies, suspense and horror films and plans to show the Brazilian spirit which overcomes fears.