Learning from Brazilian Culture – TV Clipping – Programa Inclusão


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The following interview was given to the Programa Inclusão (Inclusion Show), a show produced by the Senate TV and aired all over Brazil. Like the preceding ones, this interview is part of our TV Clipping and tackles the interplay of our two main programs: Learning From Brazilian Culture, and Brazil and Abroad. This one, however, also counts with statements from students and other instructors, as it approaches our interdisciplinary take over our program’s classes and mission. Feel free to comment and share this post with socially engaged counterparts. I’ll be happy to hear your thoughts about our programs and ways we have been working.

It’s been almost 40 days, two chicken-pocks, and tree trips since I last wrote. Sorry for such a long absence, but these days were quite hectic. I’ll make it up in the following weeks catching up with all these events and visits in chronological order. Whenever possible I’ll also upload videos and slide shows of these activities. This way I can make sure I won’t leave anything behind.

Abraço e muito obrigado à todos que escreveram e comentaram pedindo mais artigos!
Eurico

In my chat with Solange

Transcript: Programa Inclusão (TV Show Inclusion)

Opening text with Reporter Solange Calmon:

Voluntary work is a growing trend in Brazil. It is capable of promoting great changes, based on the initiatives of people that are trying to retribute part of what they have accomplished in their professional and personal lives.

There is no age limit for being a volunteer, one must only believe that the meaning of life is in serving the other, uncross the arms and get to work, saving a few hours of the day or of the week, contributing, conquering trust and receiving as payment a beautiful smile.

In the Programa Inclusão (Inclusion Show) we will show common people helping to rescue their country’s culture; groups of volunteers in action on the streets, in the middle of the night, to put an end to the hunger of boys and girls in risk situations. People of good will that contribute to well being of all, examples that confirm: volunteer work is good for those who benefit from it and for those who are a part in it.

A Non Governmental Organization decided to bet in Capoeira to develop a project that stimulates cultural identity. The Students are boys and girls in social risk situation. The work is coordinated by a Physical Education teacher and capoeirista from Brasília.

To give back to those children and adolescents the joy and the pleasure that he feels when practising Capoeira – this is the desire of the President of the Cordão de Ouro Association in Brasília, Eurico Neto; who has been developing over the last 4 years a project for social inclusion of boys and girls in risk situation. He offers to those children the opportunity of having a better future, while listening to the sound of the atabaque, berimbau and a lot of ginga. Eurico promotes art and culture, the rituals and the identity of the Brazilian people.

Twice a week the children have history and citizenship classes along with physical activities. The boys and girls have the opportunity of integrating with capoeiristas from other parts of the world.

Eurico Neto:
We promote many exchange events within Brazil and with foreign countries. So they have classes with teachers from all over Brazil and contact with capoeira students from many parts of the world, who speak other languages. They have contact with a universe greater than capoeira, a universe of music and history.

Wesley Borges (15 years old student):
People that come from the United States, for example. We chat a bit, they speak English, but there’s always someone to translate. Then we can talk.

Solange Calmon:
Mestre Eurico decided to bet on the potentials of each on of these boys and girls living in the Aldeia SOS shelter. In order to implement the project he counts on the help of other Capoeira professionals.

Professor Ely Alves da Silva:
These children have a life experience that we don’t have. Many are orphans, some have parents that come to visit on the weekends. This bond strengthened in training and in extra activities allows the exchange of experiences.
We try to pass virtues to them so that they can become good people, having good behavior inside and outside Capoeira. With this work we go beyond the teachings of Capoeira to educate good citizens.

Solange Calmon:
In addition to the capoeira classes, the children get other lessons.

Erica Oliveira – 8 years old student:
I learned to be more polite, to be nicer to people and to have more education too.

Felipe – 12 years old student:
I found more friends and I am loosing my shyness.

Solange Calmon:
How long have you been practicing capoeira?

Felipe – student (12 year old):
For a year and a month, more or less.

Eurico Neto:
We began to develop with them the matter of cultural identity and the history of the country. Through that we manage to improve their self-esteem, we create an interest in the activity that we practice and from this relatively smaller universe, which is capoeira, with its rituals and activities, we transcend to a larger universe of teachings for the day-to-day life.

Adriano Santana (13 years old student)
Capoeira brought me many good things. I began as if it were a sport and I ended up liking it.

Solange Calmon:
But there is one prerequisite for these little fellows in order for them to participate in the Capoeira classes. All students must be enrolled in the public schools system.

Eurico Neto:
All of them live in the Aldeia SOS, a third sector shelter that takes care of children and promotes social inclusion through the homes. They promote education through social inclusion. This was the first place in which we started our projects.

Solange Calmon:
The idea of the project is to create more vacancies. But for that new partners and the help of volunteers are needed.

Eurico Neto:
We have to thank the support of the Workers Association of the Federal Senate and of the Federal District’s Fund for Culture Support. We also leave our web-site so that people can have more contact with our work and in case any new sponsors or supporters want to reach us. www.4capoeirathoughts.com

Solange Calmon:
The idea of the Group is to increase the number of children being assisted. After all, the experience has pleased not only the Master but also the students.

Wesley Borges:
I have more will to practice Capoeira, more and more… until I become a professional. Who knows?!

Robson Araújo:
This has been a very rich experience for us, in our personal relations, in the relationship that we have with these children, we’ve managed to become friends.

Solange Calmon:
Is this good for both sides?

Robson Araújo:
Yes. It is good for both sides, for sure!

Rafael da Silva:
I am happier practising capoeira.

Related 4CT articles:
Learning from Brazilian Culture – TV Clipping – RBI Notícias IV;
Learning from Brazilian Culture – TV Clipping – RBI Notícias III;
Learning from Brazilian Culture – TV Clipping – RBI Notícias II;
Learning from Brazilian Culture – TV Clipping – RBI Notícias I;
Project Learning From Brazilian Culture: Brief History, Profile and Guidelines;
Constructional Elements of our School’s Political and Pedagogic Project;
Capoeira and Global Trends.

Learning from Brazilian Culture – TV Clipping – Viver em Brasília

In this short interview recorded at the Viver em Brasília TV Show (Living in Brasília) I talked about a research we did in our schools in Sweden in 2005. The numbers were amazing. Among 100 students we had 33 foreigners from 14 nationalities playing Capoeira together. The research come up when we were discussing the slightly different functions of Capoeira as a social tool in Brazil and in developed countries.I also explained a bit further how the ‘open introductory workshops’ worked in our social inclusion program. Continue reading

Learning from Brazilian Culture – TV Clipping – RBI Notícias IV

In this last installment of the interview I gave at RBI News I explained how our project works at the SOS Children’s Village. And I also presented a slide show of our activities introducing some of our guests and partners at our centre. Pedro Pontes ended up showing some prejudice when talking about the role of non-Brazilians capoeiras in the art-form. Lagedo answered to his comments wisely explaining that one of the beauties of the Brazilian culture is its ability to mingle without loosing its strength and characteristics.

Pedro Pontes concluded the interview with a comparison between the origins of soccer and Capoeira that didn’t fit quite well the purpose of our discussion.

Note: Contrary to what I said in the interview, the SOS Children’s Village was founded by Hermann Gmeiner in Imst, Austria.

Transcript RBI News Part 4:
Eurico:
Frevo had a very strong outfit character to it. People who danced Frevo entered in mortal combats, their umbrella, by the way, was used as a weapon. So Frevo had a characteristic common to the Bahian Capoeira; the disguise. And the Bahian Capoeira had this thing of developing the playfulness, merriment… The brincadeira (mock around) implying that it was a hobby.

Pedro Pontes:
“This is a hobby, not a fight”, is that right?

Eurico:
That’s right.

Pedro Pontes:
The Cordão de Ouro Association in Brasília, the one you preside, develop social projects, is that right?

Eurico:
Since 4 years ago.

Pedro Pontes:
And you are currently running a project at the SOS Children’s Village, is that so?

Eurico:
The SOS Children’s Village in one of the places in which we have been working for longer with social projects. But we attend other institutions and the project’s main goal is to promote education and social inclusion. We put together this project and seek for support so that the children and adolescents alike can be transported from the shelter, or community where they live, to our academia (centre); where they attend classes alongside our regular students. We created this instrument and format in order to develop the question of cultural identity, social inclusion and the issue of socialization among students.

Pedro Pontes:
And these youngsters are street teens and children that eventually ended up at the SOS Children’s Village?

Eurico:
The SOS Children’s Village is an old institution, idealised, if I’m not wrong by a German, who believed that education should be developed from family’s foundation.

Pedro Pontes:
Did you bring pictures?

Eurico:
We got a few.

Pedro Pontes:
I would like to show them quickly.

Eurico:
This picture was taken at the SOS Children’s Village’s sports court. This is one of our students at the project. That little one wearing a blue shirt is the youngest we have, he’s 4 and don’t miss one (Roda)!

Pedro Pontes:
He’s the mascot.

Eurico:
This is Mestre Cícero in an encounter we did here (in Brasília). Back there we have another Mestre from Brasília, Mestre Carcará. This is a Capoeira Angola class with Mestre Jogo de Dentro.

Pedro Pontes:
There is a lot of people, eh?

Eurico:
Thank God the activities we hold count with many friends from diverse groups, which is not that common here in Brasília.

Pedro Pontes:
You get full house, don’t you?

Eurico:
Thank God! We receive several friends. We have a great friend here in Brasília who also runs social projects, Professor Vila Isabel. I find this picture beautiful!

Pedro Pontes:
What is the name of this strike?

Eurico:
Actually, he was in a bananeira (hand-stand) and I was striking him with a cabeçada (head-butt), and the photographer got it right on the spot. This was photo section we did in Sweden for a photographer who was producing some postcards for a local company. These are students of our group in Sweden, showing that ginga is not a Brazilian privilege.

Pedro Pontes:
But White Europeans playing Capoeira is something very interesting. Isn’t Robson, you that have blond hair and blue eyes?

Robson:
I think it’s interesting exactly because Capoeira shows us that we can mix ourselves with other cultures. I think that even in its origins the mixing happened.

Pedro Pontes:
I think the major function of capoeira, and of the capoeirista (practitioner) is exactly that, to spread our culture and to spread it in a beneficial manner to all people, just like the Cordão de Ouro Association is doing. Football was invented by the English, but it is clear that the country that developed it most was our beloved Brazil. And now football is the sport that unites people, and that became an opportunity of upward social mobility to most the underpriviledged youngsters, because football today to all Brazilians, or to most of us, as well as Jazz and Blues to Black Americans, comes with a natural gift; just like dance and music in general. It was a pleasure to have you here at the RBI News Show, unfortunately our time is over; it passed by very quickly.

Eurico:
What a pity.

Pedro Pontes:
I would like to stretch this chat for another half hour.

Eurico:
We’ll come back when the movie gets done, then.

Pedro Pontes:
Please do that, come back so that we can promote this movie. Before we finish Eurico, please leave your contacts.

Eurico:
Academia – 3443-8450
To follow up our activities the website address is: www.capoeira.org.au
e-mail: eurico.vpc@gmail.com May I say something?

Pedro Pontes:
You can leave your message very quickly.

Eurico:
For 2 years we have the support of FAC (The Art and Culture Fund, of The Administration Council of the Federal District, Brazil), Joven Turismo, and ASSEFE (The Workers Association of the Federal Senate). We’re launching now a year long schedule of free workshops open to the local community, so that we can promote our work, thanks to these sponsors.

Pedro Pontes:
Alright, Eurico Neto, the President of the Cordão de Ouro Association in Brasília, and Robson Araújo, Instructor; thank you so much for this interview.

Eurico:
Thank you.

[Part 4 (final) ends here].

Related 4CT articles:
Learning from Brazilian Culture – TV Clipping – RBI Notícias III;
Learning from Brazilian Culture – TV Clipping – RBI Notícias II;
Learning from Brazilian Culture – TV Clipping – RBI Notícias I;
Project Learning From Brazilian Culture: Brief History, Profile and Guidelines;
Constructional Elements of our School’s Political and Pedagogic Project;
Capoeira and Global Trends.