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Nude Brazilians at the Flynn!


I'm a ticket holder for the Balé Folclorico da Bahia show this Friday at the Flynn MainStage. So I was one of the people who received an email notice this afternoon, as follows:

'We have just been informed by the company that two pieces in the program will contain male and female nudity as dancers portray certain gods. We wanted to let you know in case it affects your decision to attend. We will honor refund requests due to this development.'

Does anyone else besides me find this hilarious? I'll tell you how I'm 'affected': I'm making a note to self to bring along my opera glasses!

Normally, people are even more psyched to see naked bodies -- especially buff dancer-type bodies -- than clothed ones (unless, of course, they appear in an American Apparel ad on the back cover of Seven Days). I'd think the Flynn could be selling more tickets 'due to this development.' Ah, well, guess they gotta cover all the possibilities.

Anyhoo, my second reaction is, what gods are these, exactly, who roam creation in their birthday suits? I thought gods had robes and stuff. Maybe Brazil is too hot. Whatever. If a god wants to take it all off, who are we to say no?

I sure won't. I'm just going to enjoy this professional, award-winning, world-acclaimed folk dance company, whose passionate performances and soulful narratives are based on African slave history, samba, capoiera and carnaval, and comes from one of the most sensual places on the planet.

Nudity, schmudity.