Art transcends boundaries - new artist at Brave Festival!

20.04.2016, 10:00

Meet Blind Fernanda Bianchini Ballet Company and Bakri Ki Mashak

Blind Ballet Company Fernanda Bianchini

Blind Ballet Company Fernanda Bianchini, exists for 20 years, offers free dance courses for disable of classical ballet, tap dance, body expression. Lessons are based on pioneer method developed by Fernanda Bianchini.

Fernanda participated with the Ballet Company Professional Dance Group in many festivals and dance encounters in São Paulo, Brazilian states and overseas, among others, some important ones: in 2007 participated in Parapanamericano Opening in Maracanãzinho Stadium with special participation of the Orchestra conducted by Maestro João Carlos Martins; attended the event “We are all Brazilians” in 2013 and 2015; in 2012 participated in the closing of the Paralympics in London; in 2015 participated in Faber the Tanzes Festival in Germany. Even with all the difficulties to carry out this exemplary work in a country like Brazil, with no governament’s support for NGOs, Fernanda’s determination goes beyond all limits. Blind Ballet Company Fernanda Bianchini  has performed in several Brazilian states many times, in addition to many invitations to dance for Mutinational Companies employees at training workshops and motivational encounters. They presented in various TV programs and in 2005 received the illustrious visit of Denmark Royal Ballet. In 2007 they received the visit of Mikhail Baryshnikov. Performances developed by the Ballet Co. Among last years: “ “The Doll's House” (2005), Divertssiment” (2007), The Nutcracker” (2008 and 2013), COPELIA”(2009), “Don Quixote” (2011), “Sleeping Beauty” (2012), “Paquita” (2014),Le Jardin” (2014) and 20-year Fernanda Bianchini Association Show” (2015).


Both presentations that will be performing at Brave Festival are based on spetacle “Divertssiments”. It consist of a free classic ballet and parts of the repertoire ballet “Don Quixote, Sleeping Beauty, “Copelia”, “Le Corsaire”, “Paquita” and The Nutcracker”.






Bakri Ki Mashak

The Hindu Gypsies and Jogis are nomads who wander from one village to another, begging for alms. For years they have been ostracized from the society making it difficult for them to gain any kind of educational or economic growth. The States of Rajasthan and Haryana have officially given them the status of “Other Backward Class” for their upliftment. They are farmers of eastern Rajasthan in India. Very few of them are still involved in their traditional occupation of wandering from village to village and performing tantric rituals. The main traditional practices of these jogi people have been to become saint, wear bhagwa(saffron clothes) and do Yog penance. They worship a Hindu tantric deity called Lord Bhairav. Performed by these ascetic Hindi Jogis, the Bakri Ki Mashak is a bagpipe instrument played for music to worship Lord Bhairava. Performing since last 25 years, Pappu and Ram Swaroop are the lead performers of this group.


Bhairava sometimes known as Kala Bhairava, is a Hindu deity, a fierce manifestation of Shiva associated with annihilation. He is often depicted with frowning, angry eyes, sharp, tiger's teeth and flaming hair. He is naked except for garlands of skulls and a coiled snake around his neck. In his four hands, he carries a noose, trident, drum, and skull. He is often shown accompanied by a dog. Bhairava originated in Hindu legends and is sacred to Hindus, Buddhists and Jains alike. He is worshipped all over India.

Bakri Ki Mashak is made up of a single piece of the whole skin of a goat without being cut. This bagpipe uses single reeds,​ ​and can be played as a drone ​and​ as a melod​ic​ instrument​ simultaneously.​ As per tradition, Lord Bhairav enters the body of a priest during a ritual and everything that the priest says during the ritual is considered the word of God. This tribal music brings the disciple into a trance and the rough sound of the chikara gives the music a psychedelic feel. Hindu Jogis - ascetics travelling within Rajasthan and still leading a nomadic way of life – tell stories about their culture and traditions. Their performance gives a glimpses of how the music and ritual can lift the soul closer to experiencing divine powers.