Shows for Children
Combining stunning acrobatics, the hypnotic rhythms of Afro-Brazilian dance and the awe-inspiring art form of
Capoeira, words like breathtaking and colourful are inadequate to describe this incredible group. Aché Brasil’s high-energy show leaves the audiences spellbound!
An Explosion of Colour, Energy and Music!
Founded in 1990 by Mestre Eclilson de Jesus, Aché Brasil fuses music, dance, and the acrobatic art of Capoeira into a dynamic, colorful, high energy performance. The group has proven one of the most popular touring Western Canada and has played to enthusiastic audiences and critical acclaim from Toronto to Whitehorse. Through a rare combination of authenticity and excellence unmatched in North America, the company presents high quality performances that exemplify Brazil's rich cultural heritage. With an extensive repertoire that allows for high versatility, Aché Brasil is passionate and enthusiastic about engaging young people in learning about the culture, the traditions, the music and movement of the people of Brazil.
Our shows for Children has been successfully presented in over 25,000 public schools (since 1990) throughout British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario, enthralling an audience of approximately 900,000 young people. In addition, Aché Brasil performed at hundreds of International Children's festivals throughout North America and Kid's Series. (See list below).
“Vancouver-based Aché Brasil opened its production before a packed house in Toronto and the engaging seven-member troupe had the kiddie set eating out of its hands… High kung fu-type kicks and fierce lunges are interspersed with hand and head stands of amazing endurance.”
The Globe and Mail, Paula Citron
Brazil! Music! Dance! Capoeira!
Aché Brasil represents Brazil, its culture, traditions, beliefs, music and the movement of the Brazilian people. Merging dance, music and spectacle, Aché Brasil has played to enthusiastic audiences, receiving critical acclaim from all over North America with a recent “Live Performers of the Year” nomination at the West Coast Music Awards.
Under the direction of Mestre Eclilson de Jesus, founder originally from Pernambuco, the group has gone on to receive international acclaim, performing at thousands of shows, festivals and special events such as, Toronto’s Harbourfront Theatre, Toronto’s Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People, Vancouver International Children’s Festival, Kosh International Children’s Festival in Minnesota. Performances have also been televised on programs such as, On The Road Again, CBC; Anti-Racism Campaign, Much Music channel, Knowledge Network – learning channel, and more.
Aché Brasil specializes in the performance of popular and folkloric Afro-Brazilian dance, music and rhythms, featuring dynamic forms like Samba, Maculele, Maracutu, and the famous Brazilian dance martial-art, Capoeira - an astonishing display of acrobatics, breathtaking kicks and deadly self-defence tactics performed to the rhythm of the berimbau.
The word "Aché" stems from Yoruba, meaning, "all things positive", and it is with this spirit in mind that Aché Brasil is proud to bring the traditions and culture of the Brazilian people to Canadian audiences.
"Bravo! Excellent! Fantastic! Staff and students alike were still talking about Aché Brasil the next day... the energy... acrobatics... and how they involved all of us in their performance was incredible!"
By K. Heuchert - M. J. Norris Elementary School
“Aché Brasil was fantastic! Everyone involved said that their educational performance was the best we’ve ever had.” The evening concert was sold out, and was extremely well received!
Marilyn Sabella, Pend Oreille Arts Council, Sandpoint, Idaho – USA Tour.
International Children’s Festivals – past performances:
Vancouver International Children's Festival
Winnipeg International Children’s Festival
Calgary's International Children’s Festival
Saskatchewan's International Children's Festival
Northern Alberta's International Children's, St. Albert
Penticton's International Children's Festival
Harbourfront Theatre – Toronto
Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows Children’s Festival
Surrey International Children’s Festival
Canadian Northern Children’s Festival
Ottawa’s International Children’s Festival – Ottawa
Mississauga’s International Children’s Festival – Mississauga
Regina International Children’s Festival – Regina, SK
Vancouver Island International Children’s Festival
Pittsburg International Children's Festival - Pittsburg, PA, USA
Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People - Toronto
Kosh International Children's Festival - St. Paul, MN, USA
Centennial Theatre Family Series
Bow Inland International Children’s Festival
Lethbridge International Children’s Festival
* “Describing Capoeira as a fusion of kickboxing, breakdancing, and samba would give you no idea of its grace or of its power. With lashing kicks,
spins and continuous rolling cartweels, the dance involves the body’s spinning a carapace of movement around itself, or enclosing
itself in a blur of vector lines.”
Lloyd Dyck - The Vancouver Sun
* "Aché Brasil portrays many of the influences of the Brazilian culture with a brilliant explosion of talent and excitement designed to capture the imagination and attention of the whole family."
Deb Saffin - Rocky Mountain Weekender
* "Aché Brasil awed parents and children at the Frostbite Festival Sunday with their Afro-Brazilian music and dance...(they) introduced Yukoners to "capoeira" dancing, a combination of dance and acrobatics."
The Whitehorse STAR
* "Brazilian acrobat Eclilson De Jesus took his body-space perception to the limit, twirling spears and kicking his feet within inches of front-row viewers, physically portraying how enslaved people used to practise martial arts in the fields, unbeknownst to their masters."
Kevin Dunn, The Georgia Straight
"Capoeira is a spectacular Afro-Brazilian dance form, derived from martial arts, that combines the power of kickboxing with the energy of break dancing and the grace of gymnastics."
Tony Montague, The Georgia Straight
* "We were enthralled – SPELL BOUND - AMAZING! An excellent presentation for all grades and all ages."
Victoria Jones (Teacher) - Surrey Centre Elementary School.
* "Aché Brasil was a fantastic performance. I have been teaching for many years and it is the best performance I have ever seen. When I asked the students how they felt about it, they said they loved it!"
Leon Williams (Teacher) - Walter Moberly Elementary School
* "Bravo! Excellent! Fantastic! Staff and students alike were still talking about Aché Brasil the next day... the energy... acrobatics... and how they involved all of us in their performance was incredible!"
K. Heuchert - M. J. Norris Elementary School.
* "This is a HIGH-ENERGY troupe that delivers a taste of the music and dance of Brazil in a way that really gets the students into the rhythm. Simply wonderful!"
Laureen Schellenberg/Scott Simpson - W. F. Davidson Elementary School.
* "Entertaining, vibrant, agile, captivating. Children continued asking questions during recess while the group was packing up. My class, the staff, the parents and the whole school population throughly enjoyed the performance! I highly recommend this group to other schools."
Anicia Jalac Miles (Fine ArtsTeacher) - Royal Heights Elementary School.
* "The teachers, the students and staff said it was the best performance they had
ever seen in any school or any place"."
Jacqui Birchall (Teacher) - Frank Hurt Secondary.
* "Fabulous as always!! Even more athletic than before. The kids loved this group! A riot of colour, movement and rhythm. Very energetic, excellentcontent. A very enthusiastic audience reaction. A very dramatic presentation of Native Brazilian music."
* "I didn't like your performance instead I loved it. Also just to let you know you guys are the best performers that we have ever had at Heath. One thing I liked was all those flips so fast and the costumes."
Jonathan Lalbeharry - Heath Elementary
* "Your performance was so marvelous that we have never seen before especially your traditional dance. We can also learn about the Brazil's culture from your dance and clothes."
Louisa Ip - Queen Mary Elementary School.
* "I enjoyed every part especially when we imagined to go to Brazil and saw two colouful Indians. Also I liked the way you move."
Judy Tokida - Queen Mary Elementary School.
* "I really liked the dancing and I liked the part when you came up and picked people from the audience. Obrigado."
Karli Doll - Highlands School
* "I was wondering if you did gymnastics. How did you clap your feet to the rhythm? I like how you waked on your hands. I like your colourful costumes. I wish you could come back."
Jessica - Cumberland Elementary School
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