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Latin American & Caribbean Studies

Student Center Theater. December 8, 2004
Commom Hour (11:15 AM - 1:00 PM)

Capoeira Performance: Mestre João Grande and Angola Capoeira Academy

CAPOEIRA is a Black Atlantic Performance Art originating from the intercultural contact between Africa and Brazil during colonial and postcolonial times.

An embodied philosophy of life and physical practice similar to oriental martial arts (like Tai Chi Chuang) and some forms of Indian Yoga (like Raja Yoga), Capoeira involves a playful dance where two practitioners move in space so as to fill the space left by the movement of the other. In the original and most traditional style of Capoeira, called "Angola" and developed in Brazil by the Angolan-born Master Vicente Pastinha, Capoeira is played low to the ground, is slow-moving, and is accompanied by percussion and singing related to forms of Brazilian Candomblé. There are only two living great masters of Capoeira Angola who studied under Mestre Pastinha. One of them, Mestre João Grande, lives in New York, where he has founded a successful academy in Manhattan that today counts hundreds of practitioners. Mestre João Grande is a recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts for his contribution to the diffusion of Capoeira in the United States and the rest of the world. This greatest living Master of Capoeira will be on campus with six of his best students.

This event will be sponsored by: the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program, the Provost's Office, the Student Center Theater, the Department of Anthropology, and the Africana Studies Program.

Latin American & Caribbean Studies