Annotated Video Library

A place for class members to post links to videos relevant to class and to contextualize the videos using knowledge from the course.

Annotated Video Library

Kelly's capoeira video:
This video is a compilation of four different capoeira matchs. The first match looks more casual than the next three because in the other matchs the players and spectators are wearing uniforms of a sort, and the rope that signifies rank in some capoeira circles. In the first match, everyone seems to be wearing street clothes.
There is a tremendous amount of inversion and tumbling in all of the matches, more than I had expected. The players also came into contact with each other more than I had expected from reading the Little Capoeira Book, and this leads me to believe that they were practicing Capoeira Regional, not Angola, which is much more martial arts-like and therefore there is more contact. In the fourth match especially, the players are almost grappling at one point.
The berimbau is present, but there don't appear to be any of the other traditional musical instruments present, another indication that this is Capoeira Regional. The audience is also chanting, and in the first match there is someone who is clearly trying to get everyone to join in, but it is unclear if there is a lead singer or not.

Amity's Capoeira video: class="wiki_newentry" href="">KuVnIfsAeiw

I chose this video because it seems to be a good example of Capoeira Angola and shows an opposite example of the video that Kelly posted. Just as in class, the movement is a lot slower and more gentle than I had expected. In this example I can see that there is likely something else going on in the game besides an urge to win, which is more difficult to see in the Capoeira Regional. I can also understand why it would be called a dance; the stylized fighting style and tempo make the movement seem less functional and reminds me of the flow and response that is often present in Contact Improvisation. The movement also makes me wonder how the skills learned from Capoeira would translate into fighting.

André's Capoeira Video: class="wiki_newentry" href="">XqJd3CHncxo

This video that I have chose reminds me a lot of the format of the rodas we had in our Capoeira Angola master class (this video also appears to have been taken in a school since students are present). I was glad to see some of the moves that we have learned performed by masters of today Angoleiros. I did notice the amount of respect that was shown in the match. There was absolutely no touching (main difference from Capoeira Regional) and the game seemed to be more about the joy in performing capoeira. The various instruments present were the same ones we used in class and the rhythm that was played was also the same rhythm. There was also a smoothness about this game that was not competitive at all. The players would stop the match to join in the singing and then would resume effortlessly back into the game. I am reminded of the three levels in Capoeira and it seems to me that this match seems to be more on the upper level of understanding Capoeira: where great respect is given by practitioners and there is a sense that the roda is more than just a game to the performers. It is a way of life that dictates actions, emotions and promotes comeraderie.