Celebrate Brazil! Capoeira Workshop

The NWLA Cultural Center is pleased to announce a very special installment of our popular Language of Food Series on Saturday, February 16th, 2013, with Celebrate Brazil! If you are unfamiliar, this unique event series explores cuisines and cultures from around the world, and the ways in which they maintain an unbroken relationship with traditions of the past. For the first time, NWLA is now expanding the Language of Food event for a weeklong exploration of all things Brazil. Join NWLA for a week of events and workshops on various aspects of Brazilian culture. Package pricing is available for guests wishing to participate in multiple events, please inquire at 360-321-2101

Capoeira Workshop
with Capoeira Senzala Seattle

Friday, February 15th 7:00-9:00pm

senzala

Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian art form – a fluid, rhythmic martial art; a ritual; a dance of deceptive vulnerability, wit, and grace. The intricate movements of Capoeira weave tradition, history, spirituality, and philosophy into a uniquely beautiful “game”. Like many African based traditions, it is orally transmitted from masters (mestres) to students. Engage with Capoeira Senzala Seattle for 2 hours of high energy and fun! Open to all ages.

By pre-registration only. Cost is $35.

Please note! This workshop will be held at the Island Dance and Gymnastics Studio. 714 Camano Ave (at Edgecliff Dr) Langley, WA 98260

About Capoeira:

“Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian art form–a fluid, rhythmic martial art; a ritual; a dance of deceptive vulnerability, wit, and grace. The intricate movements of Capoeira Angola weave tradition, history, spirituality, and philosophy into a uniquely beautiful “game”. Like many African based traditions, it is orally transmitted from masters (mestres) to students.

Capoeira was used by enslaved Africans in Brazil to fight against colonial oppression. After emancipation of the slaves, Capoeira continued to develop in Brazil, however, it was outlawed for almost 400 years and so it was practiced in secret. To teach and practice Capoeira Angola was legalized in the 1930’s. It survives because of the wisdom and dedication of a handful of mestres and their devoted students.

Played in a circle (roda), the game (jogo) of Capoeira Angola is an improvised combination of movements, a mix of acrobatics, rituals, and dance. The players respectfully demonstrate their skills in Capoeira while singing songs in Portugese and playing instruments.
If you are unfamiliar with capoeira, check out this visually engrossing performance video of Capoeiristas Isaak and Bicudinho from the group Senzala de Santos.”

Excerpt from ICAF’s website