Art Brasil

Drum Camp 2017 is delighted to welcome back Art Brasil who will be running workshops in Capoiera dance and teaching the Berimbau.

The berimbau consists of a wooden bow (verga – traditionally made from biribá wood, which grows in Brazil), about 4 to 5 feet (1.2 to 1.5 metres) long, with a steel string (arame – often pulled from the inside of an automobile tire) tightly strung and secured from one end of the verga to the other. A gourd (cabaça), dried, opened and hollowed-out, attached to the lower portion of the Verga by a loop of tough string, acts as a resonator.

To play the berimbau, one holds it in one hand, wrapping the two middle fingers around the verga, and placing the little finger under the cabaça's string loop (the "anel"), and balancing the weight there. A small stone or coin (pedra or dobrão) is held between the index and thumb of the same hand that holds the berimbau. The cabaça is rested against the abdomen. In the other hand, one holds a stick (baqueta or "vaqueta" – usually wooden, very rarely made of metal) and a shaker (caxixi). One strikes the arame with the vaqueta to produce the sound. The caxixi accompanies the vaqueta. The dobrão is moved back and forth from the arame to change the pitch produced by the berimbau. The sound can also be altered by moving the cabaça back and forth from the abdomen, producing a wah-like sound.

Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art with its roots originating in Angola and the Congo, that combines elements of dance,acrobatics and music, and is usually referred to as a game. It was developed in Brazil mainly by West Africans, beginning in the 16th century. It is known for quick and complex moves, using mainly power, speed, and leverage for a wide variety of kicks, spins, and highly mobile techniques.

Art Brasil is a not for profit Brazilian Arts Organisation based in North Staffordshire. They deliver educational workshops in a range of art forms, as well as offering community courses and performances.

Their Drum Camp Capoeira Dance workshops offer a taste of this culturally rich art form and are accompanied by live music. There are also workshops in Capoeira Singing and the Berimbau, a single string bow instrument.



Year Contributions
2017 Capoiera and Berimbau Workshop
2014 Capoiera Dance Workshop

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