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Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance and music. It was created in Brazil mainly by descendants of African slaves with Brazilian native influences, probably beginning in the 16th century. It is known by quick and complex moves, using mainly power, speed, and leverage for leg sweeps. Capoeira is usually done in a roda. roda, meaning “wheel” or, more appropriately in this case, “circle” in Portuguese, is the circular formation within which participants perform in any of several Afro-Brazilian dance art forms, such as


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Capoeira, Maculelê and Samba de roda. by extension, the whole event may be called a roda (as in “we will have a roda next saturday”). Likewise, sometimes a roda may not take the shape of a circle; it may be, for example, a half-circle if the event is a public performance, in order for the public to be able to see the performers easily.

importantly the outdoor preformance space, or the “roda”. the roda spectators could informally stand up and watch or sit directly on the structure.

This performance space is designed to host this activity. besides the administration space, and the private residence, it has a 54-seat auditorium, and most

concept image Graphite, Ink, and watercolors.

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