Uma tarde um violão… a Capoeira (Playing our lives)

By Sandy Lokas

Prefacing Roger Garaudy‘s Dançar a Vida (Dancing Life) Maurice Béjart tells how words can sometimes divide people while dancing seems to always harmoniously bring them together. The book studies the history of Dance and how it can become a practical life philosophy to dancers. I believe Maurice’s and Garaudy’s take can help us understand how Capoeira shapes our bodies and lives inside out. Continue reading

How we learn: Classical music, Capoeira and community development

… the “National Network of Youth and Children’s Orchestras of Venezuela”, which has managed, over its 35 year history, to get a musical instrument into the hands of as many street urchins as possible, (currently they cater for a quarter of a million children), not with the goal of creating a mob of “brattish elitists”, but solely to give these children a chance to survive at all, with the social team skills an orchestra can provide, with the rewards of physical and emotional endeavour and the enormous sense of purpose and self respect that just the few repeated neuronal ski-runs, necessary to start to play an instrument, can readily provide. Continue reading

Mens sana in corpore sano: awakening from body-mind dualisms

” … [Capoeira] has a technical dimension. The second dimension is neural. The third is mental. But there is a fourth step, when all this integrates and transcends. For me to [play] a very integrated [game] is a perfect act. … I’m no longer myself, it’s not my body, my mind. There is no weight in your [body]. There is no [body]! It’s such a great dissolution that it’s as if the movement was the only thing going on. And, because it’s a movement, it passes. But at the moment there is no temporality. It is a moment of enlightenment: you understand the nature of the movement [and of the interaction/game] and in understanding that, you know who you are. …” Continue reading