Capoeira: Brazilian Martial Arts With Elements of Music & Dance at the Rothko

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Photo courtesy of the Brazilian Arts Foundation
Capoeira, a Brazilian martial art with a history embedded in slavery.
Capoeira, a Brazilian martial art with a history embedded in slavery, combines elements of dance and music in its performances, and Houstonians will have a chance to see it up close this week.

The Rothko Chapel is working with the Brazilian Arts Foundation to host a performance of Capoeira on its plaza, Thursday, August 9, at 7 p.m. as part of its series of summer events, Summer of Sounds.

In capoeira, music and dance are present while the opponents never actually make contact. They read each other's body language, and predict and mirror each other's movements. The complex moves are executed with astonishing speed, agility and fluidity.

The two opponents or players move to the beat of live drumming, and play in a roda or circle. It is challenging physically, but requires mental agility as well.

It is thought African slaves with Brazilian backgrounds or influences created capoeira during the 16th century in a Portuguese colony in Brazil. The Portuguese imported African slaves after failing to "tame" the Brazilian natives. The truth is, due to poor records there aren't any hard facts on its conception. Some say it was a way for slaves to sort out difficulties within their camps without using violence, as it was forbidden for slaves to fight slaves.

The performance of the Brazilian Arts Foundation: Capoeira Performance in the Chapel Plaza, The Rothko Chapel, 1409 Sul Ross, is scheduled for Thursday, August 9, at 7 p.m. There is a suggested donation of $10.

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Rothko Chapel

1409 Sul Ross, Houston, TX

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vivabrazil5
vivabrazil5

Viva-Brazil is the premiere Brazilian dance performance troupe in the Southeast. Our team is made up of the best percussionists, acrobats, martial arts and samba dance performers. http://www.viva-brazil.com/

NickCooper
NickCooper

1) "opponents never actually make contact" - you don't have to play capoeira for very long to learn this isn't true :)2) "The truth is, due to poor records there aren't any hard facts on its conception. Some say it was a way for slaves to sort out difficulties within their camps without using violence, as it was forbidden for slaves to fight slaves." There are indeed historians and these questions are not merely a matter of heresay.  Check out "Combat and Crossing of the Kalunga", by Dr. Desch Obi.

rick.j.hayes
rick.j.hayes

Nice article detailing what capoeira is. However, I do think that these guys up top make contact as there are plenty of sweeps and hits in capoeira. Good stuff though, and I hope Capoeira in Houston grows!

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