Boston, USA: 16th Annual Roots of Bahia Encounter

"Mestre Bimba meets Mestre Pastinha"

October 29 - 31

Presented by The Brazilian Cultural Center of New England and Mestre Deraldo Academy João Pequeno de Pastinha, Centro Esportivo de Capoeira Angola.

Invited guests: Grand Mestre Joao Grande, Mestre Deraldo Ferreira, Mestre Laercio dos Angos Borges, Mestre Pe de Chumbo, Contra-Mestre Iuri Santos, Mestre Amen Santo, and Mestre Efraim Silva (full bios below).

The Dance Complex
536 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA


Friday, October 29
Studio 1
5:00-6:00pm Capoeira Angola
6:00-7:00pm Capoeira Angola
7:00-8:00pm Capoeira Angola
8:00-10:00pm Roda

Saturday, October 30
Studio 1
1:30-3:00pm Capoeira Angola
3:00-4:00pm Maculele
4:00-5:30pm Capoeira Angola
5:30-7:00pm Capoeira Angola
7:00-9:00pm Roda

Studio 2
1:30-3:00pm Capoeira Angola
3:00-4:30pm Afro-Brazilian Dance
4:30-6:00pm Capoeira
6:00-7:00pm Capoeira

Sunday, October 31
Studio 1
12:30-1:30 Capoeira Angola
1:30-2:30 Capoeira Angola
2:30-3:30 Capoeira
3:30-6:30 Roda

Studio 2
1:30-3:00 Afro-Brazilian Dance

Price List:
- Friday only: $60
- Saturday only: $90
- Sunday only: $80
- Afro-Brazilian Dance Workshop only: $20
- Full encounter before October 15th: $170 (includes Halloween dance party**)
- Full encounter after October 15: $190 (includes Halloween dance party**)
- Encounter T-shirts: $12

**The Halloween Dance party will be with live Brazilian music and dancing. Groups Samba Tremeterra and Raizes do Forro will perform Saturday night at Ryles Jazz Club - 212 Hampshire St, Cambridge.

Mestre Deraldo Ferreira is Founder and Artistic Director of The Brazilian Cultural Center of New England, one of three Brazilian Cultural Points in the US, designated by then Brazilian Minister of Culture, Gilberto Gil. A Mestre (official master) of Capoeira Angola, Mestre Deraldo brings a 35-year tenure in Capoeira, Samba drumming and dancing, musical composition and choreography. Mestre Deraldo began studying Capoeira at the age of 14. He founded the Academy of Capoeira in his hometown of Santos, Sao Paulo, Brazil, and he became a certified Mestre of Capoeira in 1984. Deraldo studied Capoeira Angola with Grand Mestre João Pequeno de Pastinha, student of Grand Mestre Pastinha, the "father and protector of capoeira" from an early age in Brazil. Grand Mestre João Pequeno graduated Deraldo as a master of Capoeira Angola in 2004. In the 1990’s he founded the Brazilian music and dance ensemble Samba Tremeterra. Mestre Deraldo is a featured music and dance soloist with Osvaldo Golijov’s 'La Pasión Segun San Marcos' in running performances worldwide. He was one of the first to bring Capoeira and Brazilian samba to North America. Over the past 25 years, Mestre Deraldo has taught regular classes at Amherst College, Hampshire College, MIT, Smith College, Wellesley College, Wheaton College, numerous dance and music studios, Canada, and Italy.

Grand Mestre João Grande was born in 1933 in Itagi, Bahia. Grand Mestre Pastinha accepted João as a student at age 20, and made him a master in 1968. After Grand Mestre Pastinha passed in 1981, Grand Mestre João Grande stopped playing Capoeira. Persuaded by Mestre Moraes he returned in the mid-1980's. In 1989 Jelon Vieira invited him to the U.S. and he returned in 1990 to present Capoeira Angola in Atlanta and New York; he has been teaching in New York ever since. He received a Doctorate of Humane Letters from Upsala College in 1995, and the National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts in 2001.

Mestre Laércio dos Anjos Borges was born in Salvador, Bahia, in 1966, and started learning Capoeira in 1978. Mestre Laércio is a founding member of the Grupo Filhos de Angola (1984) and the Associação Brasileira de Capoeira Angola (1991). He currently lives and teaches in Berlin and gives workshops throughout Europe. He is keenly dedicated to teaching the art, knowledge, philosophy and awareness of Capoeira Angola in Europe in a dynamic manner.

Mestre Pé de Chumbo, born in 1964 in Floresta Azul, Bahia, began practicing Capoeira at age 10. In 1981, he began training with Grand Mestres João Grande and Grand Mestre João Pequeno, who graduated him as a mestre. Mestre Pé de Chumbo continues to remain close to Grand Mestre João Pequeno (93 yrs old) and is committed to teaching the traditional Capoeira he learned under this great Capoeira Mestre. He has established schools in Brazil, Europe, Mexico, the U.S. and in Germany, where he now resides.

Contra-Mestre Iuri Santos grew up immersed in the rich Afro-Brazilian culture of Salvador, Bahia, where he learned the art of Capoeira Angola. In 1998, he moved to Indiana and founded North Star Capoeira. Iuri teaches Capoeira at Indiana University, IUPUI, in Bloomington and in Indianapolis.

Mestre Amen Santo, born and raised in Salvador, Bahia, is a mestre of Capoeira and master drummer and dance teacher. He began Capoeira with Mestre Waldemar da Paixão and Mestre Avila. In 1989 he founded the Brasil Brasil Cultural Center and the Capoeira Batuque Academy, in Los Angeles. He has been honored in the Martial Arts Hall of Fame, and as a pioneer by the World Sokeship Council.

Mestre Efraim Silva was born in 1964, in Guaruja, São Paulo. He learned Capoeira under Mestres Trindade and Humberto. He moved to the U.S. in 1989 and received a Master of Capoeira certificate from the São Paulo Federation of Capoeira in 1994. He teaches at Yale among other schools and is the Artistic Director of Afro-Brazilian Performing Arts of CT and Ginga Brasileira Dance Company.

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