The famous Brazilian samba school Imperatriz Leopoldinense chose money as the theme of his performance at the carnival in Rio de Janeiro, which will be held from 2 to 9 March. The dancers will tell the story of money, from the first metal coins to modern day cryptocurrencies.
With help bitcoins, samba school hopes to impress the viewers who will come at Marquês de Sapucaí Sambódromo — street in Rio de Janeiro, which traditionally takes place the famous carnival. Imperatriz Leopoldinense was created in 1956 and until 2001 repeatedly became the champion of the festival.
As reported by the Brazilian cryptocurrency media Portal do Bitcoin, school performance this year will be called "Give me some money". It will focus on the relationship between humanity and money, starting with the first currency in the ancient era to modern digital assets.
The representative of the samba school said:
"Our story is about money and its relationship with humans from their invention to the present time. It is, without a doubt, one of the most important instruments in the economic life of nations and people. Imagine what life would be without money. How can we sell and buy, receive and pay, invest and store with no money?"
Narrative will cover various periods of human history and major events such as the minting of the first coins in the ancient kingdom of Lydia in the 7th century BC and the first paper money in China during the 10th century. Then the dancers will show the first exchange relationship between the indigenous people of South America, Indians and the European explorers and also the first Brazilian mint that produced coins used in the slave trade.
In addition, choreographers draw the audience's attention on the topic of saving and investing money of through bank deposits, financial instruments, and other means. They are highlight with humorous critique of many actual for the Brazilian socio-economic issues such as social division and income inequality. The lack of quality health care, high unemployment and violence in society, corruption in the higher echelons of power and other urgent problems also will be reflected in the upcoming show.
Dancers will conclude with the topic of bitcoin. In the press release of the samba school said that the future belongs to cryptocurrencies ― a digital resource system designed to function as a medium of exchange. The announcement also noted that over the past ten years, the world has seen many companies started to use bitcoins.
The decision by the samba school to choose money as the main theme of his show was criticized by some participants. According to 82-year-old Mario Monteiro, acting together with his 64-year-old sister Cacá, it’s a great irony to talk about money when the carnival goes through its longest period of financial difficulties.