2009 Carnival in Rio de Janeiro promises new thrills. Robert Szaniecki, former Grande Rio Samba School
carnival director, has been announced as the new carnival head for the traditional Mangueira Samba School. Max Lopes
- 5 times winner of the Rio Carnival, was in charge of the Mangueira´s
art and visual creations for eight years.
In the Carioca samba world, the carnival director is the most important artistic position within a samba school
, similar to the conductor in an orchestra. He is responsible for making the final decisions
regarding the samba schools parade theme, costumes, floats, visual scenario, special effects, and choreography. (We will be posting a specific article to describe the roles and responsibilities of a Carnival Director in Rio´s samba schools. )
, seen above, was uncomfortable at his post, since Mangueira Samba School
was only able to obtain the 10th place in 2008 Samba School Contest in Rio, its worst position since 1994´ carnival, when it bitterly suffered 11th position.
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