'Brazilliant' Group on the Way to Navirai

April 2017

'Brazilliant' Group on the Way to Navirai

The Brazilliant '17 group, led by Stephen Elliott, front right, get ready to depart for Brazil.

As part of BATH”s Brazilliant ‘17 project, students in Years 10-13 are on their way to Brazil to work with members of BANHO, the Brazilian cohort of BATH, on a variety of Drama and Dance related projects.

The group will first meet with members of BANHO, which was established by Stephen Elliott during a working visit to Brazil two years ago. As they prepared to depart, students were excited to reunite with the group of young Brazilians who had visited King James as part of the Brazilliant project in July 2016, especially exchange student, Joao who worked in our Drama and Performing Arts Department for six months.

Of course, the visit will allow the group to make a large number of new friends, five of whom will join our community for two weeks this July to share their life experiences, wonderful language and vibrant culture. Our students at King James will be delighted to know that Joao will be one of the visiting party.

In both Navirai and Maringá, the group will work with youngsters in seven local schools on a range of projects from teaching and performing Dance to leading sessions in communication and team working. They will also work with a local dance group and youth theatre group to develop pieces inspired by Brazilian culture for future BATH shows.

In addition to this, and by special request, the group will perform alongside members of BANHO for the Mayor of Navirai in a jointly-created show; this will be a great honour for our students. The trip will also include opportunities for sightseeing with visits to Sugarloaf Mountain and Paraguay.

King James I Academy, South Church Road, Bishop Auckland, County Durham DL14 7JZ