ABADÁ-Capoeira San Francisco to Premiere Spirit of Brazil ’15 at San Francisco International Arts Festival

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World-Renowned Capoeiristas and Musicians Boa Voz, Professor Pretão, Professora Gigi and Professor Mobília to Join ACSF Performance Company

ABADÁ-Capoeira San Francisco (ACSF), the Bay Area's first non-profit organization dedicated to recovering, preserving, and promoting Afro-Brazilian culture, will present Spirit of Brazil ’15 as part of the San Francisco International Arts Festival May 29-31 at the Cowell Theater at Fort Mason in San Francisco. The ACSF performance company will be joined this year by eight visiting artist including master percussionist and composer Boa Voz, as well as capoeiristas Professor Pretão, Professora Gigi, and Professor Mobília of Brazil, amongst others.

This year’s theme is “The Guiding Sound”, which explores capoeira’s music and movement throughout its over 500 years of history. Through a fusion of contemporary and traditional expressions of Capoeira and Maculelê, Spirit of Brazil ‘15 will honor and explore the history and complexity of these art forms. The audience will witness dynamic acrobatic and athletic movement, steeped in tradition and history, all performed to heart-thumping rhythms.

“We’re honored that this year’s Spirit of Brazil is a part of The San Francisco International Arts Festival,” said Marcia Treidler, a.k.a. Mestra Cigarra, Artistic Director of ACSF. “This year we’re focusing on music as it is one of the aspects of the art form that makes it unique in comparison to other martial arts. Capoeira music is fundamentally important to the art. Music can do everything from set the speed and tone of the game, to recount the history of the art form including the stories of the slaves who created capoeira, and foster the pure expression of the joy of movement. Without music, there is no capoeira.”

Spirit of Brazil ’15 will be performed Friday, May 29 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, May 30 at 4:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 31 at 5:00 p.m. Early bird tickets are available now for $12 until March 31. After March 31, tickets will be $20 online, or $25 at the door. Tickets can currently be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1337479

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, and health education.

ACSF shares its name and philosophy with ABADÁ-Capoeira, short for the Brazilian Association for the Support and Development of the Art of Capoeira, an international organization of over 50,000 members founded by Mestre Camisa. Based in Rio de Janeiro, ABADÁ-Capoeira is now the largest Capoeira organization in the world and is represented in more than 50 countries. For more information about ACSF, visit http://www.abada.org.

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