Choreography: Amélia Conrado
Music: North-east Folklore

The Maracatu, a popular enactment of the procession for the crowing of the Black Kings in Brazilian lands, casts an interesting and ironic reflection on the strong European influence on this particular ceremony as it, seemingly, mocked the pomposity of the XVII century Portuguese Royalty as they disembarked in their Colonial realm.

Among the many characters that are portrayed in the Maracatu, the most prominents are those of the KING and the QUEEN, the LADY OF THE PALACE with her DOLL CALUNGA, the BANNER CARRIER, representing the origins of the parade, and the CABOCLOS DE LANÇA, the civilized, pure-blooded Brazilian Indigena who play the role of Ambassadors and protectors of the Royalty and the Nobility.