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Capoeira dance troupe performing in New Zealand
Posted on Wed, Nov 25, 2009 at 10:06 am
by The IDMA Team


It is a dance created by slaves in South America over 500 years ago, and now capoeira is the inspiration for Warriors of Brazil, a stage show that arrives in the country early next year.

Slaves disguised the martial art as a dance so their masters wouldn't realise they were training for a revolt.

The troupe Warriors of Brazil are in the country on a publicity tour, whetting our appetites with their mix of Latin rhythms and explosive acrobatics.

It is said one of the group once performed 38 backflips in just 30 seconds.

The show is directed by Toby Gough, who won the Spirit of the Fringe award at the Edinburgh Festival and the award for Best Six-Pack Abs, the first time it has been awarded.

The British thespian is up for a challenge - in a previous life he directed Kylie Minogue in Shakespeare's The Tempest.

Dancer Rayson Santana was orphaned after his mother and father were killed in gang violence. His brother is doing time, but the 23-year-old says capoeira has helped him tread a different path.

"I chose capoeira because it made me feel good, it made me another guy," he says.

New Zealand will get a chance to fall head over heels for the Warriors of Brazil when they return to the country for a national tour in February.

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