Among friends, and sometimes in classes and workshops, I have been saying that Capoeira is a curious manifestation because although it can be seen as the outcome of everyone’s interaction it does not belong to anyone. Calango and Daniele are among those who agree with this and have heaps more to contribute to our community.
We also share the believe that there is no universal truth in Capoeira. There are as many truths as the diverse people in the art-form can express; all equally worthwhile to be practised. If today we have only a very few rival ideologies, this is due to the fact that the notion of hierarchy, very different in Capoeira’s past, has been carefully tailored to serve the purposes of a few money and power-driven Mestres. To deconstruct the idea that only these few concurrent ideologies are legitimate and worthwhile upholding in Capoeira, we believe we need to fight to have all the truth, lineages, and takes equally recognised within our community. The Volta do Mundo Productions is an important enterprise tackling this huge task, with an open-minded attitude and free of group/style prejudices. Congrats Calango and Daniele!!! I’m proud to be your friend.
Axé e sucesso para a Volta do Mundo Produções!!
Volta do Mundo Productions
In Capoeira, whenever one of the counterparts performs a good play the other may call for a break in the game called ‘volta do mundo’. S/he does that extending her/his arm in hand-shake position, inviting the other to spin around. Holding hands, in opposed positions within the Roda, the two players move around towards the same direction. During ‘volta do mundo’, however, both counterparts must remain alert, since the game can resume at any time.
In Capoeira philosophy, the ‘volta do mundo’ reminds both players that victories are momentary, transient. The world’s movement is constant and life is in perpetual transformation. Therefore, we must remain alert. The ‘volta do mundo’ also represents a new possibility to try again, to revert the game’s situation, to restart it.
As a lifestyle, capoeira teaches a lot. Therefore, we choose ‘the ‘volta do mundo’ call as a symbol of how we act professionally. We are interacting with our partners, aware of the changes and always willing to restart the game.
The dissemination of the Brazilian culture is the Volta do Mundo Productions’ main motivation.
Obs: This post is an excerpt of the Volta do Mundo Production’s introductory text sourced from their Youtube channel, on 05/10/10. The translation is mine.