Contemporary Capoeira is a forthcoming project which will provide a starting point for research and community involvement in Capoeira.
Capoeira is a martial art that combines combat, dance, music, ritual and theatrical performance. First documented among enslaved Africans and Creoles in Brazilian port cities in the early decades of the nineteenth century, it then spread to the free lower classes despite periodic clampdowns by the police.
Since the late 1970s Capoeira has spread to North America and Western Europe, and since the 1990s to Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, Latin America and Australia. The project aims to collect, organise and interpret various types of data sets and make results available to diverse and international audiences.
We are currently working on what will be an extensive, international multimedia database.