Destination Salvador, capital of he state of Bahia.
Candomblé and capoeira demonstration dances at the UFBA Campus in Salvador.
Sunday July 23, 22.30 h.
A few months earlier, in February, when I was about to participate a birthday party of a good friend, I was walking with my former girlfriend along some basket that contained the corpse of a chicken with a few red peppers on it. My former girlfriend shivered visibly. She told me that it was a candomblé ritual, but one with bad intentions. For example, to cause bad luck to a certain neighbor. I showed respect for her, and did not take a picture of it.
The demonstration began. With a driving rhythm produced by percussion instruments. Two dancers appeared on stage. They were dressed in long tissue strings, as if they had long brown hair and beards. For me it was the first time to witness such a dance show, and, as it turned out, I was not the only one.
The demonstrations were not over yet. There was another performance, the capoeira. I already have watched some capoeira demonstrations in The Netherlands, during Queen’s Day and Liberation Day. It looks nice and a bit acrobatic, but… The roots of capoeira are here, in Bahia, in the northeast of Brazil. Here, where children learn to dance as soon as they are able to walk. Many teenagers practice their skills on the soft sand on the beach. In Belo Horizonte, I have watched a capoeira demonstration, with much interest. It was a real pleasure to witness the advanced acrobatics skills. At this evening in Salvador, a very professional group of capoeira dancers preformed two capoeira styles. The dances and acrobatics performed by these dancers surpassed my expectations. There was plenty of jumping, flips out, standing on the hands. They were accompanied by the exciting rhythm of the typical percussion instruments, among them was the berimbau. The entire demonstration lasted about thirty minutes. I had enjoyed it very much, and also my travel companions showed their excitement.
And yet the evening was not over. A DJ took over; it was about time to dance. Dancing on various rhythms and styles. Forró, pagode, axé. When the DJ started, the floor was full of dancing couples, but the students were already tired because of the long travels. At 2 am, we left the faculty, and took taxis to our pousada. We quickly went to sleep, on the comfortable mattresses, for a sound a relaxing sleep, in Salvador….
By Dr. Adriano Antoine Robbesom
Original text in Dutch, translation with help of Google Translator
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