• Image courtesy of Professor Matthias Röhrig Assunção

    Image courtesy of Professor Matthias Röhrig Assunção

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Professor Matthias Röhrig Assunção lecture on the Angolan roots of Capoeira

Posted: 2 March 2015 by Dr Sarah Demelo

Professor Matthias Röhrig Assunção
The Angolan Roots of Capoeira: Transatlantic Links of a Globalized Performing Art
Monday 9 March 2015, 6.00-7.30pm
Lakeside Theatre (Colchester)

Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian art form practiced around the world combining dance, combat, theatre and music. Professor Assunção explores its Angolan origins, the legendary tale of the Zebra Dance, and the combat games and rituals still found today in Southern Angola, despite the devastation caused by forty years of civil war. What can they teach us about martial arts and cultures of the Black Atlantic?

This lecture is part of the University’s Professorial Inaugural Lecture Series, a programme of special events throughout the year celebrating excellence in research undertaken by our recently appointed professors. Themes explored in this year’s series include literature and media change; social inequality, morbidity and mortality; and the maths of cows (and other animals).

Find out more at www.essex.ac.uk/events/pil

Free admission and open to all. Booking is advised and this can be done through http://lakesidetheatre.org.uk/events/pil-lecture-professor-matthias-rohrig-assuncao/

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