Abadá-Capoeira San Francisco Presents Spirit Of Brazil 2012

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Music and Dance Performances Celebrate the Living Language of Capoeira.

The Spirit of Brazil celebrates through music, art and dance, the diversity and richness of Brazilian culture.

ABADÁ-Capoeira San Francisco (ACSF), the Bay Area's first non-profit organization dedicated to recovering, preserving, and promoting Afro-Brazilian culture, presents the Spirit of Brazil, October 18-21, at the ODC Theater in San Francisco. Under the theme “Mar de Tradições” (Sea of Traditions), the event includes performances from members of ABADÁ-Capoeira San Francisco’s renowned performance troupe, in addition to visiting Brazilian artists, Professores Mobília, Goma and Yara and music by master percussionist Gamo da Paz and his group QUIMBANDA, joined by musician local Alfie Macias and choreographer/dancer Raffaella Falchi and SAMBAXÉ Dance.

For the sixth time, The Spirit of Brazil brings to San Francisco the movement and music of South America’s largest country, this year showcasing the traditional Brazilian arts of Capoeira and Maculelê, folk dance and musical forms linked in their origin of creation by slaves on plantations in Brazil. The performances explore the evolution of Capoeira and Maculelê, from the post-slavery era to modern-day Brazil, and trace their movement from the northeastern state of Bahia to cosmopolitan Rio de Janeiro.

“The Spirit of Brazil celebrates through music, art and dance, the diversity and richness of Brazilian culture,” said Marcia Treidler, Artistic Director of ACSF. “With these performances, we can share with everyone in this community the beauty of these traditional folk arts and their historical significance and messages of resilience and empowerment.”

Tickets are available through the ODC website: http://www.odcdance.org

About ABADÁ-Capoeira San Francisco

ABADÁ-Capoeira San Francisco (ACSF) is an award winning non-profit organization that works to preserve, develop, and share the martial art of Capoeira with integrity, and to use Capoeira to ignite positive change in individuals and in communities. The organization addresses social and economic disparities that exist in our communities by offering high-quality, accessible instructional and performance programs for youth and adults, led by world-class artists. It integrates diverse communities and inspires civic responsibility, and personal and athletic success through physical, artistic, cultural, health education.

For more information about ACSF, visit http://www.abada.org.

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