What is the role of acrobatics in capoeira?

What is the role of acrobatics in capoeira?

article by Professor Kmelo

 

Capoeira is NOT acrobatics! A person who does lots of flips is not necessarily a good capoeira player. To truly understand the role of acrobatics in capoeira, you have to understand the concept of floreios - what are they, and how and when are they used in the roda?

To trick and deceive

Floreio means “flourish” and refers to movements that are pleasing to the eye, but that could leave the capoeirista vulnerable. The original purpose of floreios was to confuse, trick, or deceive the other player. A floreio can make your partner think that you’re vulnerable when in r...

What musical instruments are used in capoeira?

What musical instruments are used in capoeira?

article by Professor Kmelo

 

There are five main instruments used in capoeira:

The types of instruments used to form the bateria (orchestra) depend on the style of capoeira

Rodas of capoeira angola typically use three berimbaus (a gunga, médio, and viola), one or two pandeiros, an atabaque, agogô, and reco-reco. Rodas of Mestre Bimba’s traditional capoeira regional use one berimbau and two pandeiros. Rodas of capoeira contemporânea are in between, typically using more instruments than Bimba’s regional, but fewer than capoeira angola. ...

What is the role of music in capoeira?

What is the role of music in capoeira?

article by Professor Kmelo

 

MusAtabaque & Bateriaic is an essential part of capoeira, fulfilling multiple roles: it gives energy to the players, directs the speed and style of the game in the roda, and orally transmits information and knowledge.

The speed and rhythm of the instruments tells the players whether to play more cooperatively or more competitively, whether to use close ground maneuvers or fast acrobatic movements.

The songs sometimes comment on the game (for example, if one player gets taken down, the leader might sing a bananeira caiu – “the banana tree fell”) or give instructions to the players (f...