The gang of the Indian (Turma do Indio) is based in the district of Guadalupe, suburb of Rio de Janeiro. Pacific oriented, they use a totem and a soft toy instead of the ball - as a sign of non agressivity.  They all join for a ceremony & fireworks before their invasion and parade in the other districts of Rio de Janeiro. They've grown up to 270 in the last 4 years, duplicating their members..

Bate Bola - Rio's secret Carnival

Photographs © Vincent Rosenblatt / Agencia Olhares

Bate Bola, Rio's suburban futuristic clowns erupt during carnival.

When the focus of the carnival is set on the glamorous Sambodrome and its tightly rythmed samba parades, curious creatures overflow the overlooked suburban streets of Rio, rekindling life in these forlone areas. The phenomenon set in motion dazes the eye. It truly follows the tradition of street-art: vivacious, inventive, ever evolving. It is here that lies Rio's carnival's real originality. Yet this favela-born expression continues unacknowledged by the Brazilian media and high society. (...)

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The gang of the Indian (Turma do Indio) is based in the district of Guadalupe, suburb of Rio de Janeiro. Pacific oriented, they use a totem and a soft toy instead of the ball - as a sign of non agressivity.  They all join for a ceremony & fireworks before their invasion and parade in the other districts of Rio de Janeiro. They've grown up to 270 in the last 4 years, duplicating their members..
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The gang of the Indian (Turma do Indio) is based in the district of Guadalupe, suburb of Rio de Janeiro. Pacific oriented, they use a totem and a soft toy instead of the ball - as a sign of non agressivity.  They all join for a ceremony & fireworks before their invasion and parade in the other districts of Rio de Janeiro. They've grown up to 270 in the last 4 years, duplicating their members..
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The gang of the Indian (Turma do Indio) is based in the district of Guadalupe, suburb of Rio de Janeiro. Pacific oriented, they use a totem and a soft toy instead of the ball - as a sign of non agressivity.  They all join for a ceremony & fireworks before their invasion and parade in the other districts of Rio de Janeiro. They've grown up to 270 in the last 4 years, duplicating their members..
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The gang of the Indian (Turma do Indio) is based in the district of Guadalupe, suburb of Rio de Janeiro. Pacific oriented, they use a totem and a soft toy instead of the ball - as a sign of non agressivity.  They all join for a ceremony & fireworks before their invasion and parade in the other districts of Rio de Janeiro. They've grown up to 270 in the last 4 years, duplicating their members..
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The gang of the Indian (Turma do Indio) is based in the district of Guadalupe, suburb of Rio de Janeiro. Pacific oriented, they use a totem and a soft toy instead of the ball - as a sign of non agressivity.  They all join for a ceremony & fireworks before their invasion and parade in the other districts of Rio de Janeiro. They've grown up to 270 in the last 4 years, duplicating their members..
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DJ Fustyle is one of the most important Baile Funk DJ in Rio de Janeiro. He produces the official musics of his "Bate Bola" : the Indian (Turma do Indio) is based in the district of Guadalupe, suburb of Rio de Janeiro. Pacific oriented, they use a totem and a soft toy or an umbrella instead of the ball - as a sign of non agressivity.  They all join for a ceremony & fireworks before their invasion and parade in the other districts of Rio de Janeiro. They've grown up to 270 in the last 4 years, duplicating their members..
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Every sunday of Carnival, the Gang of the Abusados (Abused) goes out of their base in the favela of City of God and invade all suburb and districts of Rio de Janeiro, showing their magnificent fantasy.
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Every sunday of Carnival, the Gang of the Abusados (Abused) goes out of their base in the favela of City of God and invade all suburb and districts of Rio de Janeiro, showing their magnificent fantasy.
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Every sunday of Carnival, the Gang of the Abusados (Abused) goes out of their base in the favela of City of God and invade all suburb and districts of Rio de Janeiro, showing their magnificent fantasy.
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Every sunday of Carnival, the Gang of the Abusados (Abused) goes out of their base in the favela of City of God and invade all suburb and districts of Rio de Janeiro, showing their magnificent fantasy.
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Every sunday of Carnival, the Gang of the Abusados (Abused) goes out of their base in the favela of City of God and invade all suburb and districts of Rio de Janeiro, showing their magnificent fantasy.
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Every sunday of Carnival, the Gang of the Abusados (Abused) goes out of their base in the favela of City of God and invade all suburb and districts of Rio de Janeiro, showing their magnificent fantasy.
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Every sunday of Carnival, the Gang of the Abusados (Abused) goes out of their base in the favela of City of God and invade all suburb and districts of Rio de Janeiro, showing their magnificent fantasy.
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Every sunday of Carnival, the Gang of the Abusados (Abused) goes out of their base in the favela of City of God and invade all suburb and districts of Rio de Janeiro, showing their magnificent fantasy.
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Tonzão, Funk dancer Funk from the famous boys band Os Havaianos is also a Bate Bola during Carnival, faithfull to the gang of the Abusados. He took off his mask and participate to the general rush for kisses and seduction, as the other clowns of his gang. In 2012, he became member of an evangelic church and gave up all he used to be & do before : Baile Funk, Carnival...
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Tonzão, Funk dancer Funk from the famous boys band Os Havaianos is also a Bate Bola during Carnival, faithfull to the gang of the Abusados. He took off his mask and participate to the general rush for kisses and seduction, as the other clowns of his gang. In 2012, he became member of an evangelic church and gave up all he used to be & do before : Baile Funk, Carnival...
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Kids from the favela of City of God love to fantasy as Bate Bola clowns. Still too young to get out and circulate out of the favela, they show in their neighboorhood.
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The gang of the Indian (Turma do Indio) is based in the district of Guadalupe, suburb of Rio de Janeiro. Pacific oriented, they use a totem and a soft toy instead of the ball - as a sign of non agressivity.   Showing and parade ine the noble district of the Zona Sul of RIo - Copacabana is a revenge for this people of poor workers from the far suburbs.
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The gang of the Indian (Turma do Indio) is based in the district of Guadalupe, suburb of Rio de Janeiro. Pacific oriented, they use a totem and a soft toy instead of the ball - as a sign of non agressivity.   Showing and parade ine the noble district of the Zona Sul of RIo - Copacabana is a revenge for this people of poor workers from the far suburbs.
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The gang of the Indian (Turma do Indio) is based in the district of Guadalupe, suburb of Rio de Janeiro. Pacific oriented, they use a totem and a soft toy instead of the ball - as a sign of non agressivity.   Showing and parade ine the noble district of the Zona Sul of RIo - Copacabana is a revenge for this people of poor workers from the far suburbs.
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A clown from the "Turma do Indio" is perfumed by his girlfriend.. Strawberry or Vanila, the perfumes are fully inegrated to the fantasy, part of the seduction effect. The gang of the Indian (Turma do Indio) is based in the district of Guadalupe, suburb of Rio de Janeiro. This year, they have chosen Snoopy as their theme.
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Kids envy one of their neighboors, witch parents managed to pay him a Bate Bola fantasy - this mean spend more than a month salary for somthing that ill be only used the four days of Carnival.   The gang of the Indian (Turma do Indio) is based in the district of Guadalupe, suburb of Rio de Janeiro. Pacific oriented, they use a totem and a soft toy instead of the ball - as a sign of non agressivity, a many children are participating to the group.
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The gang of the Indian (Turma do Indio) is based in the district of Guadalupe, suburb of Rio de Janeiro. Pacific oriented, they use a totem and a soft toy instead of the ball - as a sign of non agressivity.
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The gang of the Indian (Turma do Indio) is based in the district of Guadalupe, suburb of Rio de Janeiro. Pacific oriented, they use a totem and a soft toy instead of the ball - as a sign of non agressivity.  They all join for a ceremony before their invasion and parade in the other districts of Rio de Janeiro.
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The gang of the Indian (Turma do Indio) is based in the district of Guadalupe, suburb of Rio de Janeiro. Pacific oriented, they use a totem and a soft toy instead of the ball - as a sign of non agressivity.  They all join for a ceremony before their invasion and parade in the other districts of Rio de Janeiro.
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The gang of the Indian (Turma do Indio) is based in the district of Guadalupe, suburb of Rio de Janeiro. Pacific oriented, they use a totem and a soft toy instead of the ball - as a sign of non agressivity.
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The gang of the Indian (Turma do Indio) is based in the district of Guadalupe, suburb of Rio de Janeiro. Pacific oriented, they use a totem and a soft toy instead of the ball - as a sign of non agressivity. Many kids are part of the group.
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In Madureira district, the headquarter of the feard and respected gang of clowns "Agunia" (agony). Each star around the eagle stand for a deceased member of the gang.
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On a wall of the district of Madureira, a drawing tells the many victories of the  Bate Bola gang Agunia ("agony"), over the defeated oponents. .
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Julio is the taylor of the famous gang of clowns "Agunia", recognizable with the blue ton and the eagle symbol. Julio is preparing to enjoy his 25th carnival as a Bate Bola...
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In Madureira district, the headquarter of the feard and respected gang of clowns "Agunia" (agony). Last sewings & checks of the costumes, Carnival day.
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Briefing from the chief about behaviour during the Carnival. These Bate-Bola's mimic a paramilitary organization, with their banner : "Leadership of the clown brigade". The "Turma da Agonia" (Agony gang) is   a feard and respected gang of clowns of the district of Madureira, North Zone of Rio de Janeiro.
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Briefing of the gang kids about behaviour during the Carnival. These Bate-Bola's mimic a paramilitary organization. The "Turma da Agonia" (Agony gang) is   a feard and respected gang of clowns of the district of Madureira, North Zone of Rio de Janeiro.
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"hit-the-ball", or "Bate Bola" in Portuguese, at the headquarter of the Agunia (The Agony)  a feard and respected gang of clowns "Agunia" (agony) of the district of Madureira, North Zone of Rio de Janeiro.
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The Agony clown gang, showing of at their headquarter. The "Turma da Agonia" is   a feard and respected gang of clowns of the district of Madureira, North Zone of Rio de Janeiro. The long awaited moment of the outlet arrived !
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This devil is part of the Agony clown gang, showing of at their headquarter. The "Turma da Agonia" is   a feard and respected gang of clowns of the district of Madureira, North Zone of Rio de Janeiro. The long awaited moment of the outlet arrived !
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This devil is part of the Agony clown gang, showing of at their headquarter. The "Turma da Agonia" is   a feard and respected gang of clowns of the district of Madureira, North Zone of Rio de Janeiro.
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This devil is part of the Agony clown gang, showing of at their headquarter. The "Turma da Agonia" is   a feard and respected gang of clowns of the district of Madureira, North Zone of Rio de Janeiro.
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Kids are trying and playing the Bate Bola costumes of the former year, at Tia Regina's Bazar, in the district of Marechal Hermes, Zona Norte of Rio. After each carnival, the broken clowns that spent everything to pay themselves the fantasy of their gang, resell it cheap. When Carnival approaches, who couldn't afford a new costume buys it second hand, to not miss completly the party.
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Kid dreaming of the marvels of Tia Regina's Bazar, in the district of Marechal Hermes, Zona Norte of Rio. After each carnival, the broken clowns that spent everything to pay themselves the fantasy of their gang, resell it cheap to Tia Regina. When Carnival approaches, who couldn't afford a new costume buys it second hand, to not miss completly the party.
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Tia Regina reigns in her Bazar, in the district of Marechal Hermes, Zona Norte of Rio. After each carnival, the broken clowns that spent everything to pay themselves the fantasy of their gang, resell it cheap to Tia Regina. When Carnival approaches, who couldn't afford a new costume buys it second hand, to not miss completly the party.
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MC Byana, a young baile funk singer participates to the 'Indio" gang. She did work her costume including  nails.ven if  men have a majority, each year more girls are joining the group. The Indian (Turma do Indio) is based in the district of Guadalupe, suburb of Rio de Janeiro. Pacific oriented, they use a totem and a soft toy instead of the ball - as a sign of non agressivity.  They all join for a ceremony & fireworks before their invasion and parade in the other districts of Rio de Janeiro. They've grown up to 270 in the last 4 years, duplicating their members..
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Leo Motta is one of the most wanted designer of the Bate Bola milieu.  This year, he decided to limit himelf, creating only for his own group, the "Turma do Caos"
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A sewer in Dona Janice's workshop in the traditional disctrict of Marechal Hermes. The last days before Carnival are the most intenses. She's now working at the making of 15 costumes for Leo's  gang of "caos".
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Dona Janice, owns her own sewer workshop in the traditional disctrict of Marechal Hermes. The last days before Carnival are the most intenses. She's now working at the making of 15 costumes for Leo's  gang of "caos".
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Leo Motta is one of the most wanted designer of the Bate Bola milieu.  This year, he decided to limit himelf, creating only for his own group, the "Turma do Caos" With his friend Leandro, he's looking through all boutiques of the Madureira district seeking for the best fabrics, for the sewing of the fantasy of his gang.
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Shoemakers workshop in the traditional disctrict of Marechal Hermes. The last days before Carnival are the most intenses. They are now working at the making of 15 pair of shoes for Leo's  gang of "caos".
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Last days before Carnival, the boutiques from Madureira district are selling all accessories and costumes for thoses than did't manage to create their own fantasy. The poorest will wear second hand costumes from the former carnival.
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Last days before Carnival, the boutiques from Madureira district are selling all accessories and costumes for thoses than did't manage to create their own fantasy. The poorest will wear second hand costumes from the former carnival.
"Bate Bola" - Rio de Jane...
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Great competition for the best "Bate Bola" costume in the center of Rio de Janeiro. Some gangs carry their "hit-the-ball", when others prefered a soft toy or an umbrella as a sign of pacifism. The costume can coast until 600 USD$ to prepare, represnting more than the minimum salary in Brazil.
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Great competition for the best "Bate Bola" costume in the center of Rio de Janeiro. Some gangs carry their "hit-the-ball", when others prefered a soft toy or an umbrella as a sign of pacifism. The costume can coast until 600 USD$ to prepare, represnting more than the minimum salary in Brazil.
"Bate Bola" - Rio de Jane...
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Great competition for the best "Bate Bola" costume in the center of Rio de Janeiro. Some gangs carry their "hit-the-ball", when others prefered a soft toy or an umbrella as a sign of pacifism. The costume can coast until 600 USD$ to prepare, representing more than the minimum salary in Brazil.
"Bate Bola" - Rio de Jane...
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Great competition for the best "Bate Bola" costume in the center of Rio de Janeiro. Some gangs carry their "hit-the-ball", when others prefered a soft toy or an umbrella as a sign of pacifism. The costume can coast until 600 USD$ to prepare, represnting more than the minimum salary in Brazil.
"Bate Bola" - Rio de Jane...
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Great competition for the best "Bate Bola" costume in the center of Rio de Janeiro. Some gangs carry their "hit-the-ball", when others prefered a soft toy or an umbrella as a sign of pacifism. The costume can coast until 600 USD$ to prepare, representing more than the minimum salary in Brazil.
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A Bate Bola clown get asleep in Copacana, after 48 hours of parade with his gang in the streets of Rio.  The gang of the Indian (Turma do Indio) is based in the district of Guadalupe, suburb of Rio de Janeiro. Pacific oriented, they use a totem and a soft toy instead of the ball - as a sign of non agressivity.
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Young man dressed up as a "Favela warrior" for the Carnival, Rio de Janeiro 2011 // Jovem fantasiado de "Soldado do Morro" no Carnaval 2011.
Rio Baile Funk
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