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

Type: Performance
Art Form: Dance
Grade Level: K - 12
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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 are called upon to get up and try some moves.

Length: 45 Minutes
Audience Limit: 300 (some exceptions with overage fees)
Curriculum Connection: Music, Dance, Martial Arts, African Roots of Brazilian Culture

ABOUT CAPOIERA: 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 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.

Single Show: $875
Back-to-Back: $1,485
Three-In-A-Row: $2,100
Four-In-A-Row: $2,710
Travel fee: $100 per day

Note: pricing may vary for weekend/out-of-school time

Processing fee of $30 added to all contracts

2 mics on stands
1 reserved parking space
Water for 3 people
Chalkboard, large easel, or folding table (something to prop a very large map up on)
Changing area on or adjacent to the stage OR 4 tall gym mats for the artists to change behind during the performance
Performance Space:
25’ X 25’ performance space
Wood floor preferred
Please let Young Audiences know if a changing area on or adjacent to the stage cannot be arranged.

Arrival time before first performance: 45 minutes
Strike time: 20 minutes
Time needed between performances: 10 minutes

Teachers are expected to model appropriate audience behavior for students.

Please introduce the performers as a Young Audiences of Massachusetts ensemble.

Available Mon-Fri mornings, please try to submit a scheduling request at least two or three weeks before the performance date.