Activities

Activities of Centro Cultural Capoeira Água de Beber Ireland can be divided into the three main groups based on their character:

Classes of Capoeira and related cultural manifestations – we offer regular classes for adults and children in Dublin area and
organize weekend workshops and annual festivals. For more information about the classes please visit our Classes section, for the workshops and festivals, please see the calendar and news slide on the main page. We offer special classes for schools, colleges or companies upon request. These can be organized in our premises or we come to your place for more convenience. Instrutor Mamãozinho has wide experience giving classes of Capoeira to disabled children/adults who can broadly benefit from professional and playful Capoeira class. For more information or arrangements, please contact us.

Shows and Performances – Capoeira with its amazing body movements, acrobatics and music is interesting to watch and it can cheer up and bring interest to any event. We organize short Capoeira and acrobatic shows or longer cultural performances including Capoeira and other cultural manifestations, some of which are listed below. We organize theatres based on history of Capoeira and the cultural manifestations of African descent during our annual festivals.

Social Projects – Capoeira has great educational potential and it is widely used in the deprived areas of Brazilian cities. It helped to many children to keep them away from the street life and brought the healthy values to their lives. Capoeira by its nature develops body and mind at the same time and it is very interesting for the children by its variability and many different activities. Games or plays, in old times in Africa used to prepare the young members of the society for the life. This idea does not lose its potential today, and so Capoeira can be viewed as one of the games of life available to our modern society, where the discipline, responsibility, courage or respect to the others are taught through the play and fun.

Please, feel welcome to contact us through our contact directory in case of your interest in any of the activities above.

As mentioned above we are focused not only on Capoeira as the main activity. We include other Afro-Brazilian folklore manifestations into the classes or presentations to present our students or public with wider context of Capoeira, its culture and origins.

Maculelê – Dance which is simulating a fight where two opponents use wooden sticks or machetes to attack and defend themselves. The game is wrapped in the rhythm of two drums (atabaques) and traditional songs. The choreography has got a strong influence by African dance. With the name Maculelê, exists in Santo Amaro, in Bahia (Brazil), a game of sticks (fencing) remaining from the old cucumbis, negros theatre acts in which the characters, in Angolan manner, were dressing themselves up in feathers and animal skins and bows and arrows.

Frevo – Dance which has an origins in the Capoeira movements, when capoeiristas needed a disguise to accompany the bands at Carnival, while oppressed by the police, they altered their kicks to keep with music; therefore originating tempos and than a Passo. Slowly capoeiristas disappeared from the streets, leaving the space for passistas. Nowadays the little umbrella is the most typical ornament that characterizes the passista (Frevo dancer) and it is one of the main symbols of Carnival in Pernambuco, while the ‘common’ one used to be a weapon of capoeiristas during the old times.

Dança do Coco – ‘Coconut Dance’ – dance in the circle or mixed rows, in group, in pair or individual solo, where the participants perform distinctive tap-dance, with strong footsteps on the ground, answer the refrain, change ‘belly-bumpings’ between each other and adjacent pairs, clap their hands or coconut shells to mark the rhythm of the dance.

Samba de Roda – Samba originated by baianas (women from Bahia) at candomblé temples, where they were dancing to the rhythms of atabaques and pandeiros, which gave the origins to the modern samba and pagode. Samba de roda is one of the variations of the batuque of Angola. According to the tradition, in the middle of the circle, a dancer samba alone and after a certain time, through ‘belly-bump’ invites one of the others to substitute.

 

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