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Capoeira circle. ©UNESCO 2013
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Capoeira circle

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Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian cultural practice, simultaneously a fight and a dance, that promotes mutual respect and social cohesion. Players form a circle at the centre of which two players engage with one another. The movements require great bodily dexterity. The other players around the circle sing, chant, clap and play percussive instruments. Capoeira circles comprise a master, counter-master and disciples. The master is the guardian of the knowledge of the circle that is learnt by other participants through observation and imitation.

on this subject: Nomination file /Dossier de candidature

Place/Country: Brazil
Series: 2014 inscriptions on the Representative List
Type: Documentary
Credits: IPHAN, Brazil, producer ; Bossa Pro, Brazil, producer.
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