BATH’s New Project is ‘Brazilliant’!

March 2016

BATH’s New Project is ‘Brazilliant’!

The group will visit the iconic Christ Statue on Corcovado Mountain.

During the Easter holidays, 12 leaders and members of BATH (Bishop Auckland Theatre Hooligans) at King James will be travelling to Brazil to take part in the second Brazil Exchange visit.

The group will first enjoy two days in Rio de Janeiro visiting Christ Statue, Sugarloaf Mountain and Santa Marta Favela, followed by a day in the city of Maringá, which was fashioned from an area of lush jungle in 1947. Despite its stunning urban features, the city is so beautiful and fertile, it is known as the ‘garden city’. This initial experience will offer our students a life-changing glimpse of the diversity and vibrant culture that is representative of Brazil.

Students will then spend 11 days in Navarai in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul, where they will meet and work with our partner youth theatre group, BANHO (Bishop Auckland Navarai Hooligans), which was established by Stephen Elliott, our Teacher of Drama, during his working visit to the country in 2014/15. Navarai itself lies around an hour from the Paraguay border; it is just over 50 years old with a population of 50,000 people and is roughly the size of County Durham, surrounded by farms.

Together, the groups will be developing some exciting new dance routines and working on various theatrical pieces that focus on domestic violence and the crucifixion. They will also be making plans for the much-anticipated BANHO visit to England in July, and meeting the families of the young Brazilians who will be part of the exchange group. Our students will also be utilising their skills as teachers and mentors by teaching dance at one of the local schools, 'Juracy Alves Cardoso'.

The trip will also include a visit to Paraguay, a day at the largest Wild Animal Rescue Sanctuary in Brazil, and an opportunity to learn about the fascinating indigenous Guarani Tribe. In Brazil today, there are an estimated 51,000 Guarani people living in seven states, with many others living in neighbouring Paraguay, Bolivia and Argentina. The Guarani people in Brazil are divided into three groups: Kaiowá, ‘andeva and M’byá, of which the largest is the Kaiowá, which means ‘forest people’.

This will undoubtedly be a life-changing opportunity for our young people and one which will help to shape their aspirations for the future. On their return, they will be sharing their experiences with students in all year groups, and of course, we can all look forward to meeting and welcoming our Brazilian visitors to our Academy in July.

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