Afro-Brazilian Ensemble

Afro-Brazilian Ensemble performs: Capoeira: Afro-Brazilan Martial Arts, Music and Dance

Afro-Brazilian Ensemble performs Brazilian dance programs for school assemblies in Massachusetts.

Capoeira: Afro-Brazilian Martial Arts, Music, and Dance

From the streets of Brazil comes Capoeira: a unique hybrid of martial arts and dance in which partners pair off and spar in graceful, fluid motions, incorporating acrobatic flips and tumbles, all to the lively rhythms of Afro-Brazilian drumming. Using traditional costumes, colorful maps, live music, Portuguese language, and direct student engagement, the Afro-Brazilian Ensemble brings this unique movement form to life within its cultural context. In addition to Capoeira, two other important dance styles, the Maculele and the Samba, are introduced. Student volunteers will be called upon to get up and try out some moves.

Audience Limit: 300 (some exceptions, with “overage” fees)
Target Grades: K-12
Duration: 45 minutes

[The program] went amazing this morning! The students and teachers were very impressed – probably the best performance we have had in a long time. – Jen Hansen, Arts Coordinator, Mary Finn School, Southboro, MA

PRICING (performance/day)
Single: $840  Double: $1,345  Triple $1,765  Quad: $2,100
Travel fee: $100 per day
Note: pricing may vary for weekend/out-of-school time

Performance Requirements: Afro-Brazilian Ensemble

Educational Materials: Afro-Brazilian Ensemble

Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian martial art developed by African slaves in Brazil, starting in the colonial period. The slaves disguised the fight form as a dance with the intention to potentially defend themselves against the tyranny of the slaveowners. Capoeira is marked by deft, tricky movements often played on the ground or completely inverted. It also has a strong acrobatic component in some versions and is always played with authentic music. There are two main styles of capoeira that are clearly distinct. One is called Angola, which is characterized by slow, low play with particular attention to the rituals and tradition of capoeira, in particular the disguise as some type of dance. The other style is Regional (pronounced ‘heh-jeeh-oh-nahl’), known for its fluid acrobatic play, where technique and strategy are the key points. Both styles are marked by the use of attacks and counter-attacks, and use groundwork extensively, as well as sweeps, kicks, and headbutts.


Fabiano Lucas – Ensemble Leader
Fabiano Aparecido Lucas was born in Braganca, Paulista, a small town in the interior of Sao Paulo, on April 30th,1980. Coming from a very poor family of three kids and a single mom, Fabiano had to start working at age 11 in order to help support his family. He always had a passion for sports and tried a lot of different ones (always by charity of others) like Judo, soccer, basketball and break dance. It was during his time of break dancing that he incidentally discovered his love for capoeira.
His future mestre, Mestre Enir, one day invited Fabiano’s entire break dancing group, which up until then practiced on the streets, to come to his academy on the weekends and practice there. They all of course accepted and after the first weekend of their practice at his school, Mestre Enir invited Fabiano and a friend of his to try capoeira for a month, free of charge. Fabiano accepted this offer with the intention to go a few times, practice back-flips, which he could use for his break dancing, and then stop capoeira. Little did he know that things will turn out to be quite different.When he saw his first capoeira roda, it was love at the first sight. He started practicing capoeira in 1993 and hasn’t stopped since.Fabiano is the two-times regional champion (1999 and 2002) of the state of Sao Paulo and also the 2002 state champion. This qualified him to represent his state in the national championships, but before he had a chance to compete, he was invited by Mestre Efraim to come to the United States and work there as a performer and capoeira teacher. He accepted this invitation and in February of 2003 came to the United States.Various performances have taken him to: California, Connecticut, Kentucky,  Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island. He has performed at the Museum of New York, the Brooklyn Museum, the Connecticut National Coast Guard, Foxwoods Casino and Mohegan Sun Casino Resorts. He has taught capoeira at Yale University, University of Connecticut  Norwalk Community College and a variety of other schools in the tri state area. Currently, he is working in partnership with his friend Ja Shaia on a Capoeira Fitness video, in order to offer a convenient way for beginners to discover the incredible world of capoeira and its infinite variety of benefits for those who welcome capoeira into their lives.


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