|Jan 2005 update|
~~~ João Trinta ~~~~
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.
& 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."
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.
Trinta is the most celebrated of Rio de Janeiro's carnavalescos.
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
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."
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
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.
continues to look forward and demonstrates little interest in retirement as
he enters his mid-sixties.
Asked to conclude his 2002 interview with uol's VocêVai!
with advice for how to finish a life of leadership he says
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