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Afro Brazil Arts Performance and Workshops

Sunday, October 20, 2019 at 10:00am to 8:00pm

Willard Straight Hall, Memorial Room
Central Campus

Please welcome the Afro Brazil Arts, featuring Mestre Ombrinho, to Cornell's campus for a unique and authentic weekend with many talented practitioners. The weekend will be packed with live music, acrobatics, culture, capoeira, dance and drums! We will also be holding "rodas" during the weekend, which are the performative circles in which capoeira is practiced and improvised as a game. Come dance and sing with us.

Student Organization: Capoeira Angola Quintal
Funded in part by the Student Activities Funding Commission


FRIDAY PERFORMANCE: October 18th, 7:45pm
@ Willard Straight Hall Memorial Room
Latino Unity Dinner Cultural Celebration

WORKSHOPS will be held throughout the weekend. These meetings will be free and friendly to beginners at Cornell, and all are welcome to join. Workshops may be taken individually (participation for the full day/weekend is not required):

THURSDAY, October 17th
@ Willard Straight Hall Garden Room
6:15PM - 7:45PM: Class with Instructor Carcaju

FRIDAY, October 18th
@ Southside Community Center
3:30PM - 5:30PM: Afro Brazil Arts Welcome, Basics, and Presentation

SATURDAY, October 19th
@ Cornell, Africana Center Multipurpose Room
9:45AM - 10:45AM: Music Workshop
11:00AM - 12:00PM: Conditioning & Basics Workshop
12:15PM - 1:15PM: Movement Combination Workshop
1:30PM - 2:30PM: Circle of capoeira games ("roda")
2:30PM - 5:00PM: Lunch Break
5:30PM - 6:45PM: Movement Combination Workshop #2
7:00PM - 9:00PM: Circle of capoeira games ("roda")
9:30PM - ?:????: (location TBA) Dinner, After-Party / Drum Circle, etc.

SUNDAY, October 20th
@ Cornell, Willard Straight Hall Memorial Room
10:00AM - 11:00AM: Music Workshop & weekend feedback
11:00AM - 12:00PM: Conditioning & Basics Workshop
12:00PM - 3:00PM: Circle of capoeira games ("roda")
3:00PM - 6:00PM: (location TBA) Lunch, Farewells, etc.
6:15PM - 7:45PM: Special class @ Southside Community Center


Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian martial art, created by slaves and hidden through dance and music. Capoeira is played as a game between two practitioners inside of a circle of spectators, other capoeira players, and a band of musicians. Invented by enslaved Africans in Brazil, capoeira is a self-defense disguised as a dance. Influenced by a blend of dances from diverse African cultures, capoeira was practiced as a hidden, playful game to fool the slave owners.
This beautiful and strong martial art came to be in the mid 1500s, when slaves were torn from Africa and shipped to the newly discovered Americas. Under the watchful eye of the slave owner, capoeira appeared as a harmless dance and music. After the abolition of slavery in 1888, capoeira survived in the poorer neighborhoods (despite persecution from police) until its legalization in the 1930s.
Today, capoeira is celebrated and practiced around the world. Capoeira is internationally popular with women, men and children as an exciting and fulfilling way to stay fit. Capoeira is a blend of dance, self-defense, acrobatics, and music. It is one of the most complete workouts and fitness programs that develops strength, flexibility, coordination, balance, rhythm, agility, reflexes, endurance... and so much more. Capoeira develops mind, body, and spirit, and gets more enjoyable the longer one practices.


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