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Afro Brazil Arts Performance and Workshops

Sunday, March 15, 2020 at 11:00am to 4:00pm

Robert Purcell Community Center, Multipurpose Room (218)



UPDATE: Our event this weekend (March 13-15) is being postponed/cancelled due to Cornell's new COVID-19 event restrictions, announced March 10th. We apologize for the short notice and disappointment-- unfortunately, this is a very unique circumstance that no one could have planned for.

Thank you for understanding. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns, and stay healthy!

-Capoeira Angola Quintal

Please welcome the Afro Brazil Arts performance troupe, 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


SATURDAY PERFORMANCE: March 14th, 7pm-8:30pm
@ Robert Purcell Community Center Auditorium
ft. Capoeira, Deixa Sambar, and Body Positive Cornell

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).
Discover capoeira with a master of the art and many other talented "capoeiristas." A description of capoeira is below the schedule.

(To play capoeira with us, please join the group by clicking this link. It takes about 30 seconds:

FRIDAY, March 13th
3:30-5:30pm: Introduction, Basics, and Presentation @ Southside Community Center
7:00PM - 9:00PM: Workshop #1 @ Cornell (RPCC Multipurpose Room)

SATURDAY, March 14th
@ Cornell, Willard Straight Hall Memorial Room:
10:00AM - 10:45AM: Music Workshop
11:00AM - 11:45AM: Conditioning & Basics Workshop
12:00PM - 12:45PM: Movement Combination Workshop
1:00PM - 1:45PM: Break, Music, "Games" of capoeira
2:00PM - 2:45PM: Acrobatics Workshop
3:00PM - 3:30PM: Takedowns Workshop

7:00PM - 8:30PM: Performance + Roda

SUNDAY, March 15th
@ Cornell, RPCC Multipurpose Room
10:00AM - 10:45AM: Music Workshop
11:00AM - 11:45AM: Conditioning & Basics Workshop
12:00PM - 3:00PM: Circle of capoeira games
3:00PM - 6:00PM: Lunch, Sightseeing, Farewells, etc.
6:15PM - 7:45PM: 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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