Capoeira is a Brazilian art form that brings together elements of martial arts, acrobatics, dance and music in a game.
Capoeira is a Brazilian art form that brings together elements of martial arts, acrobatics, dance and music in a game. Developed by Angolian slaves in 16th century, Capoeira is a by-product of a culture of resistance of an enslaved people in the past. An Art form that, despite being illegal and prosecuted after abolition until well up to the middle of the twentieth century, with virtually no outside help, has not just spread throughout Brazil but the entire world. It is a ritualistic game played in a circle of people, the Roda, where the berimbau (main instrument) leads the capoeira orchestra and sets the pace of the game. The game is based on an unrehearsed combination of attack and defence movements spiced with acrobatic tricks where the aim is get the other either through kicks or sweeps or take downs. The paradox of the game is that although it needs a certain cooperation of both players, it is also a dispute where both players transform their dialog of movements into something unique and new that neither is certain of its outcome every time they play. The game has no winners or losers. Songs tell stories, the chorus and rhythmic claps amplifies the hit from the music that engages all members together creating an amazing energy, the Axé, of the Roda. Capoeira brings us back to our primitive origins long forgotten by our society where every single individual in the circle can equally influence the outcome and each other not with words but actions.
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