Destination Salvador, capital of the state of Bahia.
Extra: images of the capoeira dance demonstration.
Monday July 24, 00.30 h.
The hosts of the UFBA (Federal University of Bahia) offered their guests from all over Brazil dance demonstrations of their local culture. Among which the capoeira. This dance demonstration was split into two disciplines: the “Angola”-variant and the “Regional”-variant. De Angola-variant appears to be slower, with a lot of movements just above the floor. The Regional-variant, introduced by the famous capoeira Mestre Bimba, is faster and contains many acrobatic elements. The capoeira dance is variant of martial arts, and was forbidden for a long time, by the slave owners. In return, the slaves reshaped the fighting elements into harmless dance elements, combined with percussion and singing. Practicing capoeira was prohibited in Brazil until the thirties of the past century. At present, the tradition of capoeira dance is maintained by a large number of associations and organizations.
This dancer does not rest on the floor.
He is FLOATING above the floor…
Handstand in such a way that the feet may
be utilized as extra attack weapon.
Well-trained acrobats, artists.
Witnessing a capoeira dance demonstration may be an unforgettable experience. To watch the sometimes impossible acrobatic movements, accompanied with percussion and singing. The dancers normally are people of the streets, who have obtained their skills on the streets and on the beach. It is common that such a group promotes the sale of their own CDs, in order to receive some extra income. They prefer to be anonymous and do NOT LIKE to be photographed. (Foreign) tourists who are about to take pictures are kindly requested to store their cameras. Those who ignore this request may run the risk that members of the group will bother you to make pictures, by moving closely in front of the camera lens. Some groups allow to have pictures taken for a small fee. It is recommended to ask permission at one of the members, and respect them.
By Dr. Adriano Antoine Robbesom
Original text in Dutch, translation with help of Google Translator
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