The Art of Brazilian Capoeira Circle

Capoeira Circle is a common sighting in Brazil as it is quite popular to have Capoeiristas gather around in circles performing, competing, and sharing their art of movement. Capoeira has African origins since the early 16th century from enslaved Africans in Brazil. Although Capoeira has since become one of the biggest cultural exports of Brazil, Capoeiristas have historically been persecuted and had their art of movement shunned for some time. The acrobatic movements of Capoeira Circles is just part of the art form, as it requires the artists of Capoeira Circles to sing, chant, clap, and play instruments. When the Capoeira Circle is formed two opposing players engage each other in what looks to be a dance of reacting to each other’s movements. These acrobatic movements are difficult and require many years of training to master. The Capoeira master is someone who oversees the whole circle and controls the tempo with timing and rhythm. The Capoeira Circle is a training ground for the students to observe and learn skills mainly through imitation. On 2014 Capoeira Circle was inscribed to the UNESCO’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. You can watch "Capoeira Circle" on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vhgot9H7vZw&feature=youtu.be/ References: ICH UNESCO, Wikipedia


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