Fado Dançado

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copy-of-fado-dancado-conlabIn 2014, BYP began a new venture by expanding its range of activities and deepening the social impact on the community by implementing Fado dançado workshops and performances.

Fado, which originated in the Moorish quarters of Lisbon and comes from the words “Khado” (a Moorish word meaning “ballad”) and “Fatum” (a Latin word for fate), had its greatest moments during in Bohemian Lisbon in the mid-19th century. During that time, Fado incorporated dancing with strong Afro-Brazilian influences and it emerged in Lisbon’s lower income class context as a way to portray daily life. By the end of 1926, Fado stopped being danced and became only a song, transforming itself into a symbol of national identity (today an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity)

This project is thus based on the recreation of the choreographies of the various Luso-Afro-Brazilian dances incorporated into Fado dançado. By presenting this concept to the immigrant communities and the society at large, BYP is helping to contribute to a better understanding of Portuguese culture and a wider awareness of the importance of Angolan, Cabo Verdean and Brazilian cultures in the emergence and recognition of what is considered Portugal’s greatest intangible heritage. Indeed, since Fado emerged associated with dance in Lisbon’s lower income class context, we think it only makes sense to revive the concept of Fado dançado, presenting it to the newer generations which never came into contact with this art form.

This project has also been followed by a documentary and was distinguished with the award “Best Practices | Youth Association” by the Portuguese Institute for Sport and Youth.


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Since the beginning of 2016, BYP has taken this project to new contexts, training young people and adults in the Oeiras Municipality in the technical artistic skills of traditional African dance, Portuguese guitar, classical guitar and traditional African percussion related to the tradition of Fado dançado.

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