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~~~ João Trinta ~~~~



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I believe in miracles, or divine things . The divine word will come to be. The Age of Aquarius promises to be the age of the love. We are leaving a period of darkness and entering in a period of light. They see the map of Brazil. Its form is of a great heart. We can be radiating pure, positive energies. However this upside-down heart, unbalanced, has the form of great bunda. 
March 3 2001 interview with JB online
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the  protest   parade

 Joãosinho Trinta  began 2001 with a new team dedicated to the principles he has applied throughout his storied career of thrilling audiences in the Sambodromo. Trinta change samba schools, lending the bright magic of his star Grand Rio, together they hope to once again meet the challenge of creating new and greater spectacles for the special parade of the samba schools. 

Clement João Jorge Trinta is quick to defend the fundamental ideas of love, peace and beauty. This was the subject of his 2001 enredo for Grand Rio Gentility the prophet who came out of the fire , which recounted  the history of the man who was known as Prophet Gentility, for encouraging peace, love and gentility, through words, poems and attitudes. Gentility  said: ' ' the man of the future will be the gentle man because gentility generates gentility, love, wisdom and beauty '

Grand Rio was judged 6th best in a year where calls for restoring integrity and more truth to a tarnished judging process reached a crescendo. No one was heard more often on the subject than Trinta as the most articulate spokesperson for the art form. He was joined by many others. "The school should have, at the very least, been among the five best ones." said the president of Grand Rio, Helium Oliveira. 

The most visible protest came from the samba school that gave Trinta 7 of his 8 championships, Beija Flor who lost 1999, 2000 and 2001 championships to the victor, by the most minimum margin possible, a half a point. Their President Farid Abraão David turned down calls to not perform in the Parade of Champions saying "We have a contract." 
 " We were certain that Imperatriz would lose points in harmony for parading running. Everybody saw this on the TV, it is not possible that the juries have not perceived"  lamented Carlos Adalberto Rodrigues vice-president of Patrimony. 

In the end Beija Flor added a protest cart to their Parade of Champions presentation which made a wry reference to the supposed superior
Allegories which were to follow next. Seeing their influence grow with the election of the new President of LEISA as well as rule changes no doubt had its satisfaction as well.

The only Carnavelesco approaching Joãosinho Trinta 8 victories is Carnavalesca Rosa Magalhães of Imperatriz Leopoldinense who has accumulated 6 Championships including the 3 when Luizinho Drumond the honorary President of Imperatriz was also the 1999 to 2001 President of LEISA the organization in charge of the juries and the parade. 

Grand Rio decided hold their own parade of champions although it was popularly known as a protest parade. The parade may not have been able to afford to roll the magnificent floats but a full bateria and nearly a thousand  dancers came out to let the world know their fighting spirit was alive and well.  Their Quadra at  Rua Almirante Barroso, 05 E 06  in Duque de Caxias is a long 45 minutes from downtown Rio but the locals made sure the crowds were dozens deep. 


Joãosinho Trinta is the most celebrated of Rio de Janeiro's carnavalescos. He  began his career in 1965 with Salgueiro before moving on to Beija-Flor de Nilópolis. In 1993 he engineered the march of Viradouro to its first Championship in their 50th year, with the heralded 1997 enredo
 "Light Darknesses - the Explosion of the Universe".  

"For me, culture can be spectacle. I have worked in the carnival to develop a popular culture. The carnival has a proper language, completely different of cinema, theater....The Rio carnival is a carnival about renewal, protest and the Brazilian reality."

While he has produced stage sets for the opera of the Municipal Theater of Rio De Janeiro he prefers the greater freedom of the Carnaval art form and has been at the forefront of the many innovations of Rio Carnival throughout his long career.  "For me, culture can be spectacle. I have worked in the carnival to develop a popular culture. The carnival has a proper language, completely different of cinema, theater....The Rio carnival is a carnival about renewal, protest and the Brazilian reality."

Darkness! Light! 
The explosion of the Universe

In the beginning, the Darkness. The Chaos. Then, the Big Bang Phenomenon and the creation of the world. The four elements - earth, water, fire, and air - will originate the burst of mineral, animal, and vegetable kingdoms. And then, the appearance of the Humanity, with war hymns and peaceful songs. During the 1997 parade  the school from Niteròi,  shows a magic moment in which to spread the Universe of love and beauty

" The electric Rio with its magnificent schools of samba, Bahia with its blocks and trios, giant Pernambuco with its frevo and its dolls, Maranhão and Ceará with its maracatus, this only comes to enrich our culture, this diversity of customs and cultural wealth.


A native of São Luís the capital City of the most northern of the northeastern states, Maranhão, Trinita arrived in Rio in 1951. The coastal City is well know for its festivals and a mix of cultures and climates like no other in Brazil. The wildest festival celebrates the fantastic bull known as the Bumba-meu-boi who expresses the unity of three cultures; the Indian, the White and the Black. This is Grand Rio's 2002 enredo or story theme  Magic Lands of the Maranhão by Grande Rio. " 

Joãosinho Trinta sums up what the Carnaval embodies as 
a full universe of emotions, beauty, vibration, rhythm. It is a complete universe, where all the classrooms join, where it has a harmony, an integration, a happiness, a very great accomplishment. A samba school does not have an enterprise structure and yet it is the only Brazilian event that has surpassed all the economic crises and improved more each time. This spectacle shows the power of the Brazilian."

Trinta  as a prophet for The Age of Aquarius

Trinta whose last means "30" in Portuguese is widely read and still enjoys a book before bed. The young Trinta discovered the public library of Maranhão at the age of 11 beginning with comics but eventually moving on the Greek classics which combined science and religion.

The Pearl of Pythagoras

"In one of my readings, when trying to understand a book of Pythagoras, a phrase "jumped" of the book, in the direction of that I not only obtained to understand it as also to prove it with examples of my proper life. Pythagoras had written
As the mind of the human being reaches, it will always find numbers" 1 ", "3" and "7".

I discovered this pearl of Pythagoras, addressed  questions about colors and music, intimate on subjects to the history of my of life. The synthesis of all the colors, the white color, is number 1. The basic colors are three: blue, red and yellow. Already the mixture of these three colors gives in the seven colors of the rainbow.

With music the same thing happens. Music is all, number 1, that it is divided in melody, rhythm and harmony, therefore three parts. It still gives number seven, in that there come to be represented in the seven musical notes.

After this day, to find these numbers in all the parts became a special trick for me.

VocêVai! - Entrevista com Joãosinho Trinta 
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   Joãosinho Trinta, continues to look forward and demonstrates little interest in retirement as he enters his mid-sixties.  
"The electric Rio with its magnificent schools of samba, Bahia with its blocks and trios, giant Pernambuco with its frevo and its dolls, Maranhão and Ceará with its maracatus, this only comes to enrich our culture, this diversity of customs and cultural wealth."
said the
Carnavelesco. An early critic of the Sambodromo when it was built in 1985 for not creating the optimal energy dynamics  between performer and audience, today he believes theGRIO0112.jpg modifications have worked. Trinta is credited with raising to new levels the celebration of the male and female bodies from all angles as a natural reflection of the Carioca culture. This concern with the evolution of the art form has been instrumental in maintaining Rio Carnaval's place at the center of the Carnaval universe. Moving forward in the 21st century he sees possibilities for new innovation in the use of computers to add theatrical lighting to the 80 minute story parades. Of course, he is very proud of his 2001 first, introducing human flight as a form of movement down the Avenue Marquês de Sapucaí.  

Asked to conclude his 2002 interview with uol's VocêVai! with advice for how to finish a life of leadership he says 
Life swims, this is why the life does not finish. Life is a circle, that develops in spirals. The life has a way: the espiritualidade."



Joãosinho Trinta and Rocketman Eric Scott from Texas USA celebrate Grand Rio's final act of the 2001 Carnaval season with an extraordinary parade on Kennedy Avenue in Caixas RJ  rocketmaninc.com 

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