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Concerts in Brazil and in America

If you attend a pop or rock concert in Brazil be prepared for a big difference: we don’t sit. We dance all the way. I went to a Pet Shop Boys concert in Washington D.C. a few years ago where everyone was sitting quietly in their chairs while the PSB duo rocked their famous hits on stage. I did get up with a few others to dance but felt guilty of blocking the view of those who sat behind me, so I would alternate between sitting and standing. It just didn’t feel right. For some reason I did not enjoy that show as much as the first Pet Shop Boys concert I attended, which was held in a concert house with no seats.

It all depends what kind of venue the concert is being held. Some few show houses do not have seating so you have to stand-and then you can do all the dancing you desire. Some shows are held in theater style rooms, or stadiums, and the space for dancing along with the tunes is very limited.

Concerts in Brazil are usually held in big parks where a stage is set. There is a lot of space for people to dance, with little comfort and lots of sore feet. But the excitement that goes through the crowds, with the cell phones and lights and “the wave” is contagious! If I want to sit, I will watch a concert in the comfort of my TV room! Even the Wolf Trap, a concert venue in Vienna, VA, which has a lot of lawn space…people sit. They bring their blankets or mats and they sit. Chalk it up to cultural differences!


April 20, 2009 - Posted by | Difference between cultures

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