Joãosinho Trinta was born on November 23, 1933 in Sao Luis, Maranhao and grew up the son of factory workers. In 1951, at the age of 18, he moved to Rio de Janeiro to pursue a career as a classical dancer and joined the corps de ballet of the Teatro Municipa. Here he became interested in almost everything in the assembly of a spectacle, including the function of dancers, costumes and the set designer. At the time of his passing on December 17th, he was working on projects for his home state, the Maranhão Department of Culture commemorating the 400 years of São Luís to be celebrated in 2012. Joãosinho, revolutionized the carnival in Rio de Janeiro increasing the majesty of spectacle and fantastic to a high level where all other Carnavals in the world could only claim they were the second best after Rio de Janeiro. His pursuit of beauty was relentless finding it not only in elaborate refinements, extravagant costumes, taller floats but also the beauty of the body and particularly women naked punctuating great allegorical dreams of the collective conscious and myths of the collective unconscious.
Trinta had suffered his first stroke in 1996 when he lost his left arm movements but he recovered triumphantly to lead and Viradouro to victory in 1997 with the storyline “Darkness! Light! Explosion of the universe. ” In 2004, while preparing the 2005 carnival of Vila Isabel, Joãosinho fell ill and had a new stroke.
It was, Leite noted, Trinta’s most “anthological” parade. “He went from
rubbish to luxury. He revolutionized the Rio Carnival, transforming it
into the biggest show on Earth.”
Trinta returnedto Rio Carnaval, following the one year hiatus, with
Joãosinho gave the look that prevails today in the parade of samba