A personal selection of photographs with their stories.
JULY 2006: Tense
The second weekend of July was a very busy weekend for me. I was invited for a churrasco (barbecue) on Thursday churrasco (barbecue); on Saturday, I had participated in a Festa Junina (June Party), which continued on Sunday. On Friday, I had witnessed a dance festival (Arraial do Belô), which had been organized by the City of Belo Horizonte as part of the traditional June Parties. The festival was a formation dance competition, with twelve regional dance groups. The dance is called ‘quadrilha’, referring to its French origin ‘quadrille’. The story is about a Brazilian bachelor who wanted to marry his beloved. However, he’s getting into trouble with her father, and with the pastor. But as in a fairy tale, everything goes well in the end, and the happy end is celebrated with dance. The dancing women and girls use colorful dresses, the men and boys use suits with a number of patches. For them it is a serious competition; not surprisingly, one of the girls had her lips pressed on each other, because of the tension.
© Adriano Antoine Robbesom 2006, 2014