STATEN ISLAND, NY – Known as “That Brazilian Couple,” Ana Luisa Luiz and Junio Enrique Teixeira are professional ballet dancers who have been involved in dance for over 25 years, working with prominent dance companies and performing around the world. .
They dance with the famous Metropolitan Opera Ballet and are the same husband and wife couple who appear on stages at Lincoln Center and Staten Island Ballet galas, where they humbly perform their love duet. and grace.
Many may have also seen them perform at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center and the Botanical Garden’s Neptune Ball.
They have become very popular on social media and are becoming an important influence in the dance world.
They are YouTube stars and social media personalities with close to a million subscribers and 500,000,000 views on YouTube. They have more than 1.2 million followers on their TikTok accounts.
The couple began their online journey during the pandemic, posting videos twice a day. Their audience grew, inspiring thousands of people to dance. At a time when the world was frozen, Ana Luisa and Junio Enrique were taking their careers to another level.
“That Brazilian Couple” will open an art and photography exhibition called “Four Elements” with photographer Elton Davell.
The purpose of the exhibition is to demonstrate the relationship between man and nature. The event is an art and photo exhibition depicting the Four Elements (earth, fire, water and air) through dance movements.
The exhibition will be shown on Saturday, October 22 and Sunday. Oct. 23 at the Caelum Gallery in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood, an area known for showcasing exhibits by artists from around the world.
“Being a part of this special event is a deep exploration of our connection with nature. . . expressed through art,” the couple says collectively.
“To connect with nature means to let go of the belief that we are so important, almost divine, and to realize once and for all that we are humans, like animals, with a little-understood but defined natural world. order”, says a part of the exhibition’s manifesto.
A part of the art exhibition project is a book that describes the trajectory of the artists, their path to success, their struggles and efforts in the process of creating the project.
A book is available at the exhibition which tells about their journey.
The series consists of 26 works. The artists have produced a mini-documentary featuring behind-the-scenes details and interviews with indigenous peoples explaining the concept of the four elements and the importance of life on earth.
“To make the experience even more worthwhile, the funds will be allocated to the indigenous peoples of Latin America,” they said. “Contributing to very important issues like local people is one of the main goals of this exhibition. A part of the funds will be used for the construction of artisanal wells in villages, as it is difficult to get water in some specific areas.
Funds will also be allocated to build fish ponds to enable these local families to grow fish for their own food or fish trade.
“We may live and work in another country, but we don’t forget our roots,” they said.
That Brazilian Couple has become a non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire audiences everywhere with fun in their art and lifestyle choices.
Ana and Junio will still be part of the Metropolitan Opera, but they will devote their personal time to non-profit activities. As Ana and Junio say, “It all started with the closing of Lincoln Center, home to New York’s cultural landmarks, due to COVID.”
This temporary stop forced them to be more creative and work on developing something more motivated with a higher purpose, such as helping local people. Their hope with this event is to bring people together through the connection between nature and art depicted through photography and ballet.