7 – 10 July, Leonidio

Next time, next year!


Rebelliousness, strength, ingenuity and unique style…

The new Brazilian fad that seems to be spreading rapidly across the globe is characterized by the same elements that distinguish passionate Brazilians.
Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance, acrobatics and music, and is sometimes referred to as a game.

The basic aesthetic elements of Capoeira were brought to Brazil by slaves, primarily from west and west-central Africa. These elements were recombined and reinterpreted within the diverse slave community of Brazil to create a unique means of self defense, both driven and disguised by its musical accompaniment. Slavery was abolished in Brazil in 1888, but Capoeira continued to flourish within the Afro-Brazilian population, particularly in the northeastern state of Bahia. The government, however, recognizing the physical and spiritual potency of the art form and considering it a threat to society, continued to outlaw the practice until the early 20th century.
At the core of Capoeira’s philosophy is the rejection of all forms of violence. The martial art, in practice, translates into a game of fantasy and strategy, where all hits are implied and where players avoid direct physical contact. The central ritual of contemporary Capoeira is the roda de capoeira or “ring” of Capoeira. The bodies of the players, who sing and direct the game with music, form the circle within which the players will test each other. Ιn the roda, Capoeira demands that a person try to assert control over the space and to face the other player more with precision and mobility than with violence. The way of Capoeira is not to resist, but instead flowing around, searching patiently for the right moment in which to strike. The great Capoeirista does not tire or feel fear, but, driven by the music of the berimbau and the singing of his or her comrades, continually finds new sources of energy and potential within the spirit.

The basic steps of Capoeira are Ginga (upright posture), the Negativa (movements on the floor) and A.u. (the wheel). There are two types of Capoeira: The Regional, fast and acrobatic, and Angola, slower and ritual.