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Duque found Rio when he was very young and made a decision to be a dental practitioner. Signed up for the Medicine University of Rio de Janeiro, he received his level around 1904. He held an workplace at Rua Uruguaiana, which acquired no customers. In 1906, he previously success as the primary part in the comic play Gaspar Cacete. He was an excellent dancer and a choreographer and in addition published poetry in the Jornal das Famílias, and, as a significant Bohemian, utilized to party forever long along with his camaraderie time for his office each day to rest. Around 1912, he shut the office once and for all and visited Paris by dispatch, recognizing a longtime wish. Some historians believe he proceeded to go there to review traditional dance, others that he was sponsored with a pharmaceutic lab, among others still who believe he proceeded to go there for pure satisfaction. There, he marketed his return solution and discovered a modest work at a travel company. All the small money gained he allocated to room rent, foods, and in the Parisian dance saloons. But he previously a huge triumph in his dance mastery. As the Argentinean tango became a trend in Paris at those situations, he made a decision to show that dance genre for a full time income. Coincidently, the broadly effective Brazilian dancer Maria Lina found Paris in the same period. When both of these met within a Montparnasse nightclub, they normally begun to try jointly the steps from the Brazilian Maxixe, a dance that was significantly censored in the top notch saloons of Brazil, replete of the outrageous and rhythmic sensuality. The complicated, virtuosic bodily appearance of Maxixe properly translated in the gracious actions from the few, mesmerizing attendants. These were asked to dine with the dog owner, who employed them to begin with the very next day as the club’s appeal. Always dance the Maxixe, Duque and Maria Lina experienced the very best cabarets of the town and European countries. In Feb 1913, these were granted with 1st prize inside a dance competition advertised by Elegant Welte in the Admirals Palace (Berlin). IN-MAY of that yr, Duque offered his the brand new partner, People from france celebrity Arlette Dorgère, but continuing to dance with Maria Lina. At that time, Maxixe had used Paris like a fever. Brazilian music was offered in the very best theaters, cafés, and restaurants. “Brejeiro,” by Ernesto Nazareth was probably one of the most requested figures in the Parisian nightclubs. Duque was forget about a dance quantity, but a movie director for the best Dance Palace at Luna Recreation area. By the end of 1913, he discovered another partner, the French Gaby. However the French music artists couldn’t deliver a genuine Brazilian tempo and he caused Brazilian conductor Nicolino Milano (who was simply in Lisbon, Portugal, taking pleasure in great achievement). The swinging Brazilian audio captured the Parisian spirit even more, but at that time, Duque was fusing a number of different Brazilian dances in his amount, which already provided a diluted, stylized functionality more modified to European preferences. With an absolute formulation, he performed on the Olympia, in the Alhambra, on the London Hippodrome, on the Théâtre des Capucines, on the Alcazar d’Été, with the brand new York Palace (for 15,000 francs per month). By the end of 1915, he visited Buenos Aires for an extremely effective tour; he also opened up the Teatro Florida for Gaby, executing there until at risk of Montevideo. After three evenings performing at the neighborhood modern casino, the duo came back to Buenos Aires where they had taken to the Teatro Nuevo as the most well-liked stage for a number of nights, also showing themselves in the opening from the Parc Resort. Both of these returned to Rio, arriving on January 26, 1916. Carrying on to dance appropriately, Duque opened up a dance academy, time for Paris immediately after that for a brief trip. Once again in Brazil, Duque and Gaby had been presented in the film Entre a Arte e o Amor, which opened up in Paris in 1918. In 1917, Duque also got component in the film Fuerza con Nobleza. In 1921, he came back to Paris to take part in a dance competition. In 1922, he was once again in Brazil, dance in the high-class cabaret Assírio, followed by Pixinguinha’s Operating-system Oito Batutas. It had been when he confident Brazilian millionaire Arnaldo Guinle to sponsor the Batutas in Paris on the cultural objective to pass on Brazilian music there. The growing season on the Scheherazade nightclub, congested with success, created several adjustments in Pixinguinha’s music because of the close connection with jazz rings, and upon their come back, the Oito Batutas transformed the instrumentation from the choro local with jazz equipment. With the finish of World Battle I, American music had taken the picture and expelled Maxixe in the picture. Duque dropped his reputation and devoted himself to theatrical critique and playwriting. Being a lyricist, he composed “Operating-system Batutas” (w/Pixinguinha and China, Pixinguinha’s sibling) and “O Cachorro da Mulata” (w/China). With Sebastião Cirino, he had written the highly effective Maxixe “Cristo Nasceu na Bahia,” that was shown in the perform Tudo Preto, and was a big strike in the Carnival of 1927, staying as a many times documented traditional of Brazilian well-known music. Francisco Alves documented in 1927 two Duque music, the march “Albertina” as well as the samba “Passarinho perform Má,” over the initial Brazilian electrical record. In 1930, the samba “Sarambá” (with J. Tomás) was also popular. In 1932, Duque understood an old wish using the Casa de Caboclo in the Praça Tiradentes, Rio. The area was focused on Brazilian folklore and customs. The stable sights had been Pixinguinha (with a little local) as well as the caipira (redneck) duo Jararaca e Ratinho, with additional performers invited as unique guests. Dercy Gonçalves was among the revelations from the Casa de Caboclo. The area was destroyed with a open fire, but was therefore successful it easily re-opened in the Teatro Fênix. In 1939, Duque was appointed as movie director from the renowned Cassino Atlântico, where he continued to be until 1942 when he devoted himself solely to theater before end of his lifestyle.

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