To our surprise the beginning and ends of the parade were some of the most exciting moments where the carvalãos lifted people in and out of the air in boxes suspended by a single cable. The scene was that of a seemingly disorganized sport with a million rules that made no sense, and yet worked. As each float made […]
I created this map to try and understand the route that the floats take to get from Cidade do Samba to Sambadromo. Depsite many conversations about this, I still think this map is wrong. But what it begins to show is how many of the streets become filled with floats leading up to, during, and after they […]
The floats immerse themselves in the traffic as they make their way from Cidade do Samba and the Barracãos to Sambadromo. Photographs by Aron Nussbaum
These images may be completely normal to the average carioca, but as an outsider, they are so surreal!
Our collaborating research assistant, Gabriela Folly, joined us on the second night of the special schools as Lucy in the sky with diamonds.
There is a spirit that lives in Sta Teresa. Perched on this hill, we felt like eagles with the most spectacular views of the harbor, downtown, the local airport, and the neighborhoods of Botofogo and Flamengo. It’s incredible how much you can learn about a city from a birds eye view. Logistically, our colonial mansion was […]
Aron Nussbaum is my United States research assistant who will be traveling with me and specifically helping to develop a relationship with the community aspects of the project. While in college, he studied in Rio at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro as an exchange student. This experience transformed Aron. His love for the city […]
Vila Olímpica is the community center for one of the oldest top samba schools, Mangueira. Located at the foot of the Mangueira favela, this facility far exceeded what we had imagined such a center to be. We are so grateful to Mangueira for inviting us into their community and allowing us a very personal understanding […]
Rubem is a director at one of Rio’s oldest Samba Schools, Mangueira. His in-depth tour of his school’s community center was the first opportunity for us to understand the deep connections between the community and the parade. We are so grateful for his time and for inviting us into his community. Photo by Aron Nussbaum