The Capoeiras of Bahia

This was a programme of traditional dances including rituals such as Candomblé, and dances such as Malculelê, Capoeira and Samba de Roda originated in West Africa and developed in Brazil as forms of religious ritual dancing mixing African, European and South American Indian elements. The programme opened with a Candomblé ritual which, as a religion, is practiced in the Bahian region and other parts of Brazil and retains connections with African Voodoo. It included a Capoeira piece, a dance/fight based on a traditional African way of fighting with the feet, originally developed by Brazilian slaves to defend themselves and their freed villages.

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