GRES Unidos do Viradouro Samba-School
Viradouro Samba-School is a very charming and brave Samba-School, settled at Niteroi. As we will se below, Viradouro had the courage to compete with major samba-schools from Rio. Viradouro is also famed by its concurred samba-rehearsals, which attract several famous Carnival Muses like astonishing Luma de Oliveira and Juliana Paes, two of its former Queen of Drums.
The samba-school which has as colors the red and white, has been increasing in terms of popularity and prestige. Let´s take a look at Viradouro´s Profile, including its History, its Technical Information, celebrities, directions on how to get to their practices, and their Logo and official flag.
Photo Credit: Danielle Cezar - Prefeitura do Rio de Janeiro
Viradouro ´s History
Viradouro Samba-School was founded on 24th, June 1946 by Nelson dos Santos, known as “Jangada”. The G.R.E.S Unidos do Viradouro is one of the great cultural and artistic references from Niteroi, the city located at the other side of the Guanabara Bay in Rio. During most of its history, the samba-school reveled at the Niteroi, but in 1986 Viradouro decided through voting that it should start competing at Rio ´s Carnival, and not Niteroi. In 1987, Viradouro competed in the Rio Carnival´s Access Groups C, B, and A, being considered champion in 1990, with the theme-plot “Só Vale o Que Está Escrito”, from Carnival Producer Max Lopes. This Carnaval Title gave Viradouro the chance thereupon to finally participate at the elite group (called Special Group) at Rio´s Sambadrome.
The year the school achieved the Rio Carnival “Group A” title, coincided with the arrival at the school, of José Carlos Monassa, a prominent leader & President that lead the school for 16 years. In 1991, on Viradouro’s had its début on the Special Group, and the samba-school made clear that they intended to establish themselves as a great school, competing in equality of conditions with its co-sisters. Disputing the Carnval title with other 15 schools, Viradouro achieved seventh place, with the theme “Bravo, Bravíssimo – Dercy, o Retrato de um Povo”, by Max Lopes and Mauro Quintaes.
During the following years, the Samba-School from Niteroi continued to present memorable spectacles at Rio´s Sambadrome and all the hard work was rewarded: In 1997 Viradouro finally conquered its first Carnaval contest in Rio´s Special Group, with the now famed theme: “Trevas! Luz! A Explosão do Universo” - “Darknenss! Light! Explosion of the Universe” by legendary Carnival Producer Joãosinho Trinta.
Diogo Mendes captured all the concentration of the Flag Bearer from Viradouro Patricia in 2006.
Viradouro´s Samba Court:
The Viradouro headquarters - the samba school's quadra, or samba court, is located at:
Avenida do Contorno 16
Niterói - RJ
Below, the Samba-Dancers - Passistas Wing from Viradouro, considered one of the most sensual team.
How to Get to Viradouro:
Take the Rio-Niterói Bridge and then the Manilha exit, as if going to the Lake Region (Região dos Lagos). Before taking the Niterói-Manilha, and before Sam's Club and Carrefour Manilha, take a right at the sign to Barreto. That's Avenida do Contorno. Drive on it till you see Viradouro on your left.
2010 Technical Information
Colors – Red and White
Court – Contorno Avenue number 16, Barreto - Niterói
Theme - "México, o paraíso das cores, sob o signo do Sol"
President - Marco Lira
Carnaval Producer - Édson Pereira and Júnior Schall
Drum Section Master -Jorjão
Drum Queen – Haven’t decided yet
Samba Host and Flag Bearer Couple - Róbson and Ana Paula
Samba Singer- Wander Pires
Opening Wing coreographer - Sérgio Lobato
Website - www.unidosdoviradouro.com.br
Official Logo of Viradouro
2011 Lyrics: " Quem sou eu sem vc? "
Juntos, vamos chegar
Ao nosso lugar tão especial
Unidos por um pavilhão
Um aperto de mãos e o mesmo ideal
Quando a solidão me abraçou
Pediu, por favor: me deixa ficar
Fiz gestos, sinais, mostrei ser capaz
Encontrei a luz em outro olhar
O fogo esquentou o sentimento
A arte pintou o entendimento
O verbo coloriu o saber
E o verso sorriu ao te escrever
Venci barreiras, distâncias, fronteiras
Busquei maneiras de te encontrar
Segui teus passos, liguei nossas vidas
Num forte laço pra não desatar
Une o irmão, traz felicidade
Eu quero ver sempre mais perto
De peito aberto a humanidade
Enxergar no espaço um caminho
Em universos paralelos
E no plano mais belo: não ser sozinho
Se até a dor precisa de alguém
Eu, sem você, sou ninguém
O amor está dentro de nós
Na paz, na voz do coração
Na viradouro, a esperança
É aliança, é união.
Official Flag of Viradouro Samba-School