Sandler Center Announces Two New Shows: “BALÉ FOLCLÓRICO DA BAHIA” on Jan. 18, 2017 and MOMIX on March 8, 2017

Tickets go on Sale Friday, Oct. 7 at 10 a.m. Log on to or visit the Sandler Center box office.

Monday, October 03, 2016

The only professional folk dance company in Brazil is coming to Sandler Center for the Performing Arts Jan. 18, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. The "Chicago Sun Times" raves, "In a spectacular display of color, movement, music and drama, Balé Folclórico da Bahia proved that the famous north-eastern state of Brazil doesn't just produce great singers...."

The 38-member troupe of dancers, musicians and singers performs a repertory based on a "Bahian" folkloric dances of African origin and includes slave dances, capoeira (a form of martial arts), samba, and those that celebrate Carnival. The company presents the region's most important cultural manifestations under a contemporary theatrical vision that reflects its popular origins.

Based in Salvador in the northern state of Bahia, the Brazilian company made its debut in July 1988 at the Joinville Dance Festival, where an audience of 20,000 enthusiastically greeted its performance entitled "Bahia de Todas as Cores" (All Colors of Bahia). The troupe's immediate success brought invitations to perform at other festivals around the country.

Since 1994, as a consequence of its success in Lyon, the troupe has traveled all over the world, performing at the most important theatres, such as City Center in New York City, Shubert Theater in Boston, New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley, Massey Hall in Toronto, Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Teatro da Trindade in Lisbon, Musik Center Teateeri in Kuopio, Savoy-teatteri in Helsinki, Parteatern in Stockholm, Teatret Albertslund in Copenhagen, and many others.

MOMIX, the whimsical hybrid of contemporary dance, circus and multimedia visual spectacle, returns to the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts with Opus Cactus on March 8, 2017.  Artistic Director Moses Pendleton brings the American Southwest to life through his signature illusionistic style to create scenes and images that explode with a sense of magic, danger, sensuality, humor and grace.

The New York Times wrote, "Inspired by the flora, fauna, and simple magic of the American Southwest, Pendleton's ingenuity, theatricality, and cunning imagination are seen at full stretch in strange vignettes of the Sonoran desert."

MOMIX takes you into a surreal and fantasy world, allowing you to dip your toes into the "stream of unconsciousness," as Pendleton suggests. "Our goal is for audiences to sit back, enjoy the magic, and take in the optical confusion."

Full of surprises, each show features dancers manipulating their bodies and props in unique and astounding ways. While there is no concrete story-line, MOMIX performances evoke through imagery a theater of light and physical bodies.


Tickets for both shows go on sale Friday, Oct. 7 at 10 a.m.
Log on to or visit the Sandler Center box office.


About the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts
The Sandler Center for the Performing Arts opened on Nov. 3, 2007, and is professionally managed by Spectra Venue Management ( formally Global Spectrum. With its soaring glass façade revealing the magnificent lobby, the grand staircase and glittering chandelier, Sandler Center beckons patrons from its location in the heart of Virginia Beach's Town Center. 

With 1,300 seats, the Sandler Center is an adaptable, acoustically superb space suited for virtually every kind of live performance. In addition to performances for audiences of all ages, the Sandler Center enriches the life of the Virginia Beach community with arts education programs, including student matinees, in-school performances and master classes with renowned artists. To learn more about the Sandler Center, visit

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