Salvador is famed for its rich cultural scene, particularly when it comes to music. Many of the city’s most interesting musical happenings are included in the live music venues and bars already mentioned. However, for major musical, dance, and theatrical events—featuring big-name performers from both Brazil and abroad—check out the offerings at Salvador’s main theater, Teatro Castro Alves (Campo Grande, tel. 71/3339-8000, www.tca.ba.gov.br).
As far as dance is concerned, don’t miss the nightly performances given by the reputed Balé Folclórico da Bahia, held at the Pelourinho’s Teatro Miguel Santana (Rua Gregôrio de Mattos 49, tel. 71/3322-1962, www.balefolcloricodabahia.com.br, 8 p.m. Mon.–Sat., R$20). Although not strictly “folkloric,” the graceful and acrobatic choreographies are inspired by capoeira, Candomblé, and many other Afro-Bahian traditions, and the dancers themselves are breathtakingly fluid.
© Michael Sommers from Moon Brazil, 2nd Edition