This 3-day participatory symposium will explore the deep cultural exchanges between Angola and Brazil. Bringing together scholars, performance artists and teachers from Angola, Brazil, Europe and the United States we will the explore the musical and movement practices that have traveled across the Atlantic between these two countries for the last several hundred years.  Events will include panel discussions, a documentary film screening, live performances, a Lusophone dance party with DJ Aporia Barrage, and music and movement workshops.  Special guests include capoeira mestre Cobra Mansa from Bahia, Brazil and performance artist, Cabuenha, from Luanda, Brazil.  All events will be free and open to the public.



 Rubenstein Art Center, Room 124                                                                                 3:00-4:30: Capoeira Workshop with Mestre Cobra Mansa 

Franklin Humanities Institute, Smith Warehouse Bay 4

5:30-6:00:  Opening Reception   

6:00-7:30:  Screening of documentary film Jogo de Corpo 

7:30-8:00:  Q and A with directors Mestre Cobra Mansa and Matthias Assunção (Discussant Gustavo Furtado)

FRIDAY, APRIL 3, 2020 

 Fredric Jameson Gallery, Friedl Building, East Campus

9:30:  Coffee and pastries

9:45: Welcome (Katya)

10-12:00:  Roundtable: Capoeira Connections

  • Matthias Röhrig Assunção: “Angolan Identities in Brazil”
  • Cobra Mansa: “Gingando on the Kalunga line: Kongo Cosmology and Capoeira Angola”
  • Katya Wesolowski and Cabuenha: Capoeira’s “return” to Angola
  • Santos Flores: “Capoeira Angola and community organizing in Durham”
  • Miriam Dorymer?? :
  • Discussant: Ana Paola Höfling? Randy Matory?


12:00-12:30: Demonstration Roda


12:30-1:30: Lunch (Friedl Gallery Lobby)


1:30-3:30: Popular Urban Music and Dance Connections:

  • Nina Barretti “Semba Dilemma: on transatlantic musical flows between Angola and Brazil”
  • Francesca Negro: “The travel of the Kings: semiotic intersections between Angolan and Brazilian Carnival.”
  • Stephanie Alisch “Angolan and Brazilian Electronic Dance Music”
  • Katya Wesolowski “Baile Funkand Kuduro: embodied (dis)articulations of national belonging in Brazil and Angola”
  • Discussant: Louise Meintjes? Tommy DeFrantz??


3:30-3:45: Dance Performance (Francesca Negro)


5:00-6:30:  Dinner (Alpaca catering at my house)


Duke Coffee House

7:30-8:30:  Cabuenha Performance

9:00-Midnight:  Dance Party with DJ Aporia Barrage


SATURDAY, APRIL 4, 2002 (The Ark)


10:00-11:30: Afro-Brazilian and Angolan dance with Francesca Negro

11:30-12:30: kizomba/semba with João Horacio and Kimberly Nicole

12:30-1:30 Lunch Break

1:30-2:30 Angolan Combat Games with Cabuenha

2:30-4:00: Capoeira with Mestre Cobra Mansa

4:00-6:00 Roda