- Susan Wright
- 7 August 2008
This article is from 2008.
Brazilian back flips and beats
Taking over a modest stage at The World in Shandwick Place, the Capoeira Knights bring a piece of the favelas to Edinburgh. Less elaborate than Bale de Rua, this is nevertheless packed with muscle, attitude and a big hunk of upbeat Brazilian soul. Capoeira means ‘the dance that kills’, and was born when African slaves disguised their fighting to avoid interference from masters.
It’s brought to life by an endearing ensemble that recreates street fights and warrior dancing before moving onto the birth of samba. The body bending acrobatics and street-cool moves are complemented by big, feel-good tunes that will have you reaching for a caprinha and a flight across the Atlantic.
Capoeira Knights, The World @ St George’s West, 07521 050265, until 31 Aug, 7pm, £14 (£12; children £5)