NAME: Machado, Loremil

BIRTH DATE/LOCATION:
c. 1954, Salvador, Bahia Brazil

DEATH DATE/LOCATION:
11 March 1994, Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, New York, age 40

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  • IDENTIFICATION AND BIO:
    Loremil Machado was a choreographer and performer of Afro-Brazilian Capoeira. He was born in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil in 1954, and emigrated to New York City in 1975. He came as a member of a Brazilian folkloric group led by the ethnomusicologist Emília Biancardi and stayed on to perform in the Broadway show The Leaf People. For years he was a charismatic teacher with a devout following at Clark Center and at Lezly Dance Studios in Manhattan. Along with his longtime collaborator, Jelon Vieira, Machado familiarized New Yorkers with the Afro-Brazilian dance/martial art "capoeira," often leading workshops in public schools. Some scholars have suggested that their movement work with young people helped to influence the development of breakdance technique in the U.S.

    Machado choreographed and performed in his own company, the Loremil Machado Afro-Brazilian Dance Company, and was a featured soloist in Vieira's DanceBrazil. Audiences and critics responded to his irrepressible effervescence. Barbara Browning wrote in Samba: Resistance in Motion: "Loremil had a small, agile body of incomparable finesse and almost unbearable charm. He was constantly goofing, his [capoeira] game loaded with humor. He never 'fought' a match but played with the pure joy of a child discovering the freedom of motion." He also performed as a musician, leading the Saravá Bahia Band, and collaborating with various popular and esoteric performers, including David Byrne and Sun Ra. He died from complications due to AIDS.

    KEY CONTACT PERSON(S)/EXECUTOR OF ESTATE:
    Machado was survived by his mother, Joselina Candida de Sousa Machado, and by three brothers and two sisters of Salvador, Bahia Brazil.

    Barbara Browning, friend
    Department of Performance Studies
    New York University
    721 Broadway, 6th Floor,
    New York, NY 10003
    212-998-1637
    212-995-4571 (fax)
    barbara.browning@nyu.edu

    HUMAN REPOSITORIES OF THE WORK
    (name and contact info, relationship to the artist and the work, assessment):

    None identified.

    VIDEO DOCUMENTATION
    (location, format, condition, assessment):

    The Dance Collection of the New York Public Library holds this single videotape:

    Festival Afro Caribeno (1980)—compilation video of dance festival celebrating the African heritage in Caribbean countries including excerpts performed by Loremil Machado Afro-Brazilian Dance Company; taped in performance at Symphony Hall, Newark, New Jersey; produced by New Jersey Public Television; two 3/4 in. videocassettes (86 min.); call number MGZIC 9-1592.

    PHOTOGRAPHIC DOCUMENTATION
    (location, format, condition, assessment):

    The following photographs are held in the Dance Collection of the New York Public Library:

    Loremil Machado Afro-Brazilian Dance Company; photographs; call number MGZEA.

    Loremil Machado Afro-Brazilian Dance Company (1979)—photograph by Johan Elbers of the Loremil Machado Afro-Brazilian Dance Company performing at the Delacorte Theater in New York City, September; one photographic print: black and white; 8 x 10 in.; digitization possible; call number MGZEA (Elbers, Johan, no. 8); call number WDY 98-1, no. 1071.

    MOVEMENT NOTATION
    (location, type [including notes taken by dancers], assessment):

    None identified.

    PRODUCTION MATERIALS
    (scores, sound recordings, set/costume designs):

    None identified.

    ORAL HISTORY:
    None identified.

    PERSONAL PAPERS
    (location of newspaper clippings, printed programs, press releases, notes, files, diaries; assessment):

    The Dance Collection of the New York Public Library maintains a clippings file for "Loremil Machado Afro-Brazilian Dance Company," call number MGZR.

    IMMEDIATE NEEDS
    (archival assistance? storage? other?):

    Search for executor.

    OTHER RELEVANT INFORMATION:
    None identified.

    LIST OR OVERVIEW OF WORKS
    (title, premiere date, music, production notes, performers):

    Machado choreographed for his own troupe, the Loremil Machado Afro-Brazilian Dance Company. No list of works available.

    BIBLIOGRAPHY:

    • Browning, Barbara. 1995. Samba: Resistance in Motion. Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press. 80, 87-88, 168.
    • Cohen, Aaron. 1981. "Ethnic Performances in New York in Fall 1980." Ballet News 2 (9) (March): 36-37.
    • Hunt, Marilyn. 1980. "Aman; Loremil Machado Afro-Brazilian Dance Company." Dance Magazine (February): 95-108.
    • Lewis, Julinda. 1983. "[New York Performances of Hispanic Dance Companies]." Dance Magazine (March): 45-47.
    • New York Times. 1994. "Obituary: Loremil Machado, 40, Afro-Brazilian Dancer" (12 March).
    • Schweigkofler, Gudrun. 1992/1993. "Loremil Machado & Afro Brazilian Dance Company." Sarava-Brazil. Tanz Affiche 5 (42) (January): 17.
    • Wiener, Hal. 1981. "The Dancer as Athlete, Brooklyn College, Nov 21, 22, 1981." Dance News (February): 9.
     
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