ABADÁ-Capoeira San Francisco Presents Spirit of Brazil ’19 at San Francisco International Arts Festival

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Fusion of Brazilian music, dance and capoeira embody this year’s theme of Unity Through Culture

Through the Spirit of Brazil, we can share the richness of the Brazilian culture as we know it now, while at the same time honoring our past and those who brought us to where we are today

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 ’19 as part of the San Francisco International Arts Festival on May 31 at 7:00 p.m. and June 2 at 2:00 p.m. at the Gallery 308 Theater at Fort Mason in San Francisco. The theme for this year’s Spirit of Brazil is “Uniao Atraves de Culturas”, which translates to “Unity Through Culture”.

In its eighth production, Spirit of Brazil blends contemporary and traditional interpretations of the Brazilian music, dance, and capoeira, a martial art developed through the blending of enslaved Africans, Brazilian indigenous peoples and Portuguese immigrants culture.

In addition to performances by members of the ACSF company, this year’s show will feature guest artist Anderson Freire, a.k.a. Mestrando Mobilia, from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Mestrando Mobília’s lifetime of capoeira competition and performance skills including his sought-after vocals, adds another layer of depth and dimension to this knockout show full of powerful movement and rhythm.

“Capoeira was born out of necessity, when the slaves from different lands had to blend their ways of living into a new culture in order to survive in a new land,” said Marcia Treidler, a.k.a. Mestra Cigarra, Artistic Director of ACSF. “By sharing their skills and bonding together, they were able to overcome their oppressors, and at the same time, they developed a stronger culture that has endured to this day in Brazil. Through the Spirit of Brazil, we can share the richness of the Brazilian culture as we know it now, while at the same time honoring our past and those who brought us to where we are today.”

For more information, visit: http://www.spiritofbrazil.org or http://www.sfiaf.org/abada_capoeira
General admission tickets are $25 and can be purchased on the San Francisco International Arts Festival website: https://www.sfiaf.org/abada_capoeira. First and second row reserved table seating is also available for $35 and $30, respectively. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $28-$38.

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

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