“Capoeira Headlines” is a pilot project aiming in collecting the most interesting news from the world of Capoeira (and sometimes Brazil). The news would be published here on a monthly basis.

Please feel free to send any interesting links you found to us!

Today’s headlines:

  • In Blood: The Bacchae, Arcola Theatre, London
  • Capoeira: Everything in motion
  • 6th Annual Women’s Encounter
  • Looking Ahead to 2009 – Cautious Optimism in Brazil

In Blood: The Bacchae, Arcola Theatre, London

Greg Hicks (left), as the corrupt police chief Gordilho, gets a capoeira lesson from Carlo Alexandre Teixeira Da Silva

Greg Hicks (left), as the corrupt police chief Gordilho, gets a capoeira lesson from Carlo Alexandre Teixeira Da Silva

By Ian Shuttleworth @ Financial Times
Published: January 12 2009

Greg Hicks in a capoeira-styled adaptation of one of the great Greek tragedies: it seems a wilfully eclectic way to start a year. Yet the combination is not gratuitous. Hicks, always an actor of magnetic, wiry physicality, has long been fascinated with the Brazilian discipline that is part-dance, part-martial art, part-spiritual training. And Euripides’ treatment of Greek legend resonates well with the partly mythologised figure of Besouro (Manoel Henrique, 1897-1924).

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Capoeira: Everything in motion

The students display their athletic ability in class with instructor Gunga Ribeiro (wearing black)

The students display their athletic ability in class with instructor Gunga Ribeiro (wearing black)

By By Gwyn McAllister @ Martha’s Vineyard Times
Published: January 15, 2009

While cartwheels, handstands, and head spins are not traditionally associated with the martial arts, they are classic moves in the traditional Afro-Brazilian art of capoeira. Capoeira, a form of sport/dance often classified with the self-defense disciplines, is practiced everywhere in Brazil, and incorporates elements of dance, music, and acrobatics, as well as fighting moves. On Martha’s Vineyard, a dedicated group of local students/practitioners are taking steps to create a following for the activity here.

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6th Annual Women’s Encounter

by ursopolargcc

This is an OPEN event – everyone (men, women, children) are encouraged to participate!

When: February 27th – March 1st
Where: Chicago, IL

Confirmed Special Guests: (More to come!)
Contra Mestre Paulinha
(C.D.O. – Fortaleza, Ceará – Brasil)

Instructora Sarara
(C.D.O. – Arcata, CA – USA)

Women lead workshops in:

  • Capoeira
  • Music
  • Brazilian Dance

Event to Include:

  • Demonstrations
  • Presentations
  • Roda
  • Pot Luck Dinner
  • Bate Pepo w/ Special Guests

Full schedule with directions and locations to be posted on our website in the near future, so please check the site for further information.

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Looking Ahead to 2009 – Cautious Optimism in Brazil

By John Fitzpatrick, 29 December 2008

Brazilians are holding their breath as they enter 2009 and wondering just how much the international financial crisis will hit them. Things went well for most of 2008 as employment and income rose, inflation was kept under control, the Real gained against the dollar, the trade balance was still in positive territory and Brazil even obtained investment grade in April. However, things began going wrong, starting with the Real which plunged in value and depreciated by around 43% between August and December. After peaking at 73,516 points in May, the stock market – the Bovespa – nosedived and lost around 50% of its value by year end. In the last quarter, exporters were…

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