Cacuriá – When you think the party is over

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In Brazil it’s never too late or too early to prepare for festivities, especially when they’ve got many layers to them. The June parties of Brazil cover a variety of celebrations that occur during the month after which they are named. Of course, it also depends on which state you find yourself in because some celebrations pertain to certain states. One of those “festas”, found in Maranhão, is called the Festa do Espírito Santo, but it’s not the party, per se, that I wish to talk about. It’s what happens when it ends.

When the festa in question has ended, those who still want to party on (and, c’mon, who doesn’t?) start to dance something called the Cacuriá. It’s a fun partner dance done in a circle that is accompanied by various instruments as well as, in many cases, improvised verses. A word to the wise, before you start, you should be comfortable “rebolando” (gyrating) since the dance has a fair amount of it.

Below you can see Dona Teté, credited for basically creating the style, talking about the Cacuriá (in Portuguese). The video also shows a group of young people rehearsing it. The second clip shows the song and dance in ‘full swing’.

 

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