Show Macaya: Celebrating Brazilian Culture and Syncretism

Macaya means ‘celebration, party’ in Iorubá. Relying exclusively on voluntary work, the troupe was entirely cast of capoeiras, mostly of beginners without any previous experience in theatre or dance. Profa. Josi Rocha, besides directing and choreographing the troupe, was one of the main people behind this really-low-cost production. The clip above and the interviews below will be of great help and inspiration for those keen to jump into cultural productions/performances with their Capoeira schools. Continue reading

Encontro de Capoeira na Fazenda 33

For many years informal trainings, parties and Rodas at the Farm 33 (my Grandfather’s farm) were part of my learning and Capoeira experience. Many friends, Mestres and students were there with me enjoying trainings, Rodas, bate-papos and parties. This year (from the 11th to the 16th of December) I want to bring my students closer to some of my friends (whom I look up to) to exchange experiences, classes and games in this relaxed environment. Continue reading

A Week of Enrichment; By Basma ‘Alegria’ Barakat

Eurico’s visit turned out to be a week of discovery and learning. His one week schedule in Lebanon was filled with activities; to make sure he was introduced and exposed to all aspect of our Jogo de Paz project (Teaching Capoeira to children as a tool of empowerment and integration). Through this project, Volta ao Mundo, the Lebanese Brazilian Connection, has managed to work and teach capoeira to 4 main groups: Continue reading