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When Filipe Moreira, principal dancer at the Rio de Janeiro ballet, takes to the stage, his grace and athleticism wows the audience.At the Theatro Municipal, one of the country's finest ballet and opera companies, salaries – which average about 5,000 reais ($1,500) – arrive at least two months late.A portion of one late salary finally came in this month – just 700 reais from a 7,000 reais paycheck.There's an even worse situation at the private-public funded Brazilian Symphony Orchestra, which performs in the same Rio theater house, a Parisian-style building where the audience sits under a great chandelier.Its 2017 season was essentially canceled after eight months without salaries and no sign of a bailout from the corruption-riddled state and federal governments.Four performances of Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana," a pulse-quickening and colorful collaboration of full orchestra, dance and opera, played to a packed house. At the end, the musicians joined the singers, dancers and technicians on stage to ecstatic applause.
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