[Anst-dancers] New World forms....
charlene281 at gmail.com
Wed Feb 18 21:36:55 PST 2009
On Wed, Feb 18, 2009 at 6:03 PM, Gabriel Sanchez <duskshade at gmail.com> wrote:
> I don't know if this topic has been explored, but I was wondering about the
> art of capoeira and its possible role in SCA arts.
> For those who don't know - capoeira came from African slaves held in Brazil
> during the beginning of the Brazilian slave trade as a martial art
> masquerading as a game or dance. This can historically be pointed to in the
> 1500s when the Dutch began trading slaves to the Portuguese for shipping to
> Brazil. While definitive documentation concerning most thing slave-related
> was destroyed during abolition in the 1800s, folk tradition within capoeira
> traces it back to the beginnings of the slave trade, making it late period
> but within SCA purview.
> So, given this, is there a problem incorporating a short solo capoeira
> performance in SCA events? My second question is whether it would be
> appropriate alongside the other dance arts or a hafla?
If you're wanting to enter an A&S or dance competition, I think you'll
find a problem with lack of documentation. "Folk tradition" is not
always accurate and you'd need to show that the art hasn't mutated
On the other hand, if you're wanting to do a performance, go for it.
I've seen capoeira in performance and it's amazing to watch. You
might spark the interest of other folk who want to explore it.
I know that you believe that you understood what you think I said, but
I am not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant. --
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