Light Up the House presents:
New dance theatre with freestyle football skills….
When young footballer Charles Miller returns home to Sao Paolo from Southampton in 1894 he brings a football with him.
Never seen before in Brazil, workers go football crazy. But they are left on the sidelines, as the game is played in exclusive country clubs between the Portuguese and British.
Bored losing to the Brits, the Portuguese invite workers to join the team ….. But the British have the rule book on their side. And who exactly does Elza, the female freestyler think she is?
The Brazilian game is recognised by the world as a unique dance-like form of football and The Alternative World Cup is the story of how the first ball in Brazil caused a sporting and social revolution. Fusing dance steps from Samba with freestyle football moves, Futebol is highly physical, humorous and brilliantly choreographed by Temujin Gill, lead choreographer, 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony (NHS and storybook sequences). Supported by Arts Council England.
The exuberant sequence with children jumping up and down on beds and nurses jitterbugging received rapturous applause – The Guardian, Olympic Opening Ceremony.