This lecture/lab course is an introduction to the Afro-Brazilian martial art, capoeira. Capoeira is a game of strategy and physical skill that combines dance, self-defense and acrobatics, accompanied by percussive music and singing. Created by male African slaves in Brazil several hundred years ago, viewed as a social threat and outlawed in the 19th century, celebrated as an element of national identity in the 20th century, today capoeira is rapidly crossing national, racial and gender borders as it becomes a popular global practice. In studio class twice a week you will learn the basic movements, percussive music and call-and-response singing. In lecture/seminar class once a week you will think critically about the historical, cultural and socio-political dynamics that have shaped and continue to shape the practice of capoeira in Brazil and beyond. Work for the semester will include a series of journal/blog entries in which you reflect on your experience in studio, a written and practicum midterm, and a final research project.
This course can be taken for 1/2 credit or full credit. Meeting times and locations are as follows:
- 1/2 credit: MW 3:-05-4:35 @ the Ark Studio
- Full credit: MWF 3:05-4:35 @ the Ark Studio and Friedl