Incredible Disguise: Brazil Without Carnival
2021-02-15 | by CusiGO
It’s a carnival, but the location of mangela Samba dance school is uninhabited, inaccessible and unknown. In another year, the rehearsal venue in Rio de Janeiro’s slum of the same name will be bustling and full of happy and nervous sambista people. The 38 year old flag bearer, squel jorgea da Silva, will be held in a hotel to concentrate with other artists who lead the company. The 4000 sambistas (champions of 2019) from Mangueira will collect exquisite clothing – explosions of colors, sequins and feathers – and shoes for the sambodromo parade, a fierce competition with images traveling around the world. There is no Carnival in Rio de Janeiro or in Brazil. There is not a moment to look forward to.
As a result of the pandemic, the aisle designed by Oscar Niemeyer for the greater glory of “Samba” does not accommodate dancers or floats, but rather young people in their 80s who are vaccinated against coronavirus without getting off the car. The year 2021 without Carnival will go down in history, because in 1892 and 1912, Carnival had been suspended, but a few months later, they successfully celebrated the day, this time with no choice.
“No one can imagine Rio without carnival,” da Silva explained at school. She is the granddaughter of a historic political party and has marched in sanbodromo since she was nine years old. “It’s like I drowned in the sea and wanted to breathe. I’m desperate, I’m very sad, “he added. Now it’s time to forget the rest of the year, paint the house, greet friends, and buy some special personal clothes. Caribs know that every carnival is different – years of crisis, prosperity, repression, audacious criminals, few or many tourists – but no one dares to predict the desolation caused by the epidemic.
News of the first case of infectious disease, a businessman visiting Italy, learned on Wednesday from volcanic ash in 2020. Now, instead of beer in portable refrigerators, vaccines are shipped from China, such as those given to 85 year old Rosa Nina Coelho. She’s a Carioca, something in life, and she’s never set foot on Sambo dromo.
A few months ago, mayors in Rio, El Salvador de Bahia, Sao Paulo, Recife or Olinda thought that this year’s big festival was not feasible because the virus spread in the form of steam and millions of people gathered at impressive street parties or sambodros, attracting tourists from all over the world and providing jobs for hundreds of thousands of people. The party was overthrown amid a surge in cases. According to official data, nearly 240000 people have died and nearly 10 million have been infected in Brazil. Rio has officially ruled out postponing the carnival to July.
At the end of the 19th century, when the official carnival was suspended, Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis, one of the great Brazilian writers, wrote a sentence, which his compatriots agreed with in this century: “I believe that one day, King Momo (the core figure of the party) will be completely expelled from the world, the world It will end. ”
The streets of Rio are empty. And sadness. No purple body, no garland, no camouflage. Mayor Eduardo PAEs, a big fan of carnival, called for common sense when he deployed police to pursue secret gatherings and rallies. Some parties have been cancelled. The atmosphere is depressing and has nothing to do with the joy of the Caribbean. Last year, Ipanema’s streets and promenades were packed with locals and foreigners who pretended to at least endure the summer heat.
Carnival shaped the life of squire jorga for 20 years. “It’s my profession that supports my family and gives me a dignified life and wisdom,” said the flagman, who constantly receives affectionate messages in a sympathetic tone. He stressed that although people think it’s four days, behind the world’s greatest performance – which Brazilians like to see it that way – there is a huge industry. This is a cruise ship, a hotel, a bar, a restaurant. “But on rehearsal day, there are also street vendors selling beer or popcorn. Someone who sells flowers to increase income. Tailor, shoemaker… ” Everybody, stand up. According to half of Rio’s trade employers, the cancellation of contracts resulted in a loss of 8 billion reais (1.2 billion euros, 1.5 billion dollars), and 25000 temporary jobs were not created. Last year, each tourist spent about 100 euros a day.
Without new year’s Eve or carnival, it will be a terrible year for Paul Souza, 52, who sells kebabs in Ipanema. There were so few customers that he would only pick up the car and chair in a few hours, at daybreak.
To allay nostalgia, Globo broadcast highlights of ancient parades, a surge of performances by artists on youtube, and moves to sneak into the Carnival without celebrating it, such as the recently co hosted Rio Museum of modern art (MAM) with Mangueira, which recently launched a double headed art director. A series of lectures and seminars gave squill jorga an unforgettable moment: “I never thought that I would be invited to a museum and enter the class through the front door. Those who want to know my art would sell out.” Samba (masculine) is a musical genre and dance, born in poor and black communities. What disgusts the mangella star is that in the eyes of other Brazilians, it has no value of film, TV or ballet. “It annoys me that people don’t understand our pain.” They say the sambista call their groups schools so that the upper classes don’t look down on them.
Although everyone in Brazil knows the commercial significance of carnival, there are critics of carnival. A tiny virus makes the dreams of the most extreme evangelical churches and the most extreme Christians come true. To them, he is the embodiment of evil. 64 year old j.p.i. and 60 year old wife M.R.T. are very happy. Catholics suspect last year’s carnival was an ideal place for infectious diseases to multiply. “It’s an evil festival that separates couples from Vandals of heritage,” he explained at the management newsstand. They are proud that their children have also turned away from the party.
Brazilians dream that mass vaccination will allow them to return to normal and to resume their annual celebrations. But mangella’s standard bearer is very clear that a company needs months of academic research and every detail of the planning, and she is worried about it. “If things don’t go very fast, this will be a very difficult year. Because to hold the carnival in February 2022, whether in June or July, you have to start preparing clothes and floats… ” A second year without Carnival would be a great disappointment. So far, 2.3% of Brazilians have been vaccinated, but there are still problems. Rio Tinto announced on Monday that it would suspend the injection due to insufficient doses.