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Fri, May 03

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Z Space Steindler Stage

CIGARRA & Guerreiras Nessa Arte

Witness capoeira’s spellbinding ritual unfold as the Mission District's Mestra Cigarra shares her pathbreaking ascent through the art’s male-dominated ranks, and the stories of those who’ve inherited her legacy, through dance, film, and martial arts.

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CIGARRA & Guerreiras Nessa Arte
CIGARRA & Guerreiras Nessa Arte

Time & Location

May 03, 2024, 6:00 PM PDT – May 05, 2024, 7:30 PM PDT

Z Space Steindler Stage, 450 Florida St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA

About the event

Witness capoeira’s spellbinding ritual unfold as the Mission District's Mestra Cigarra shares her pathbreaking ascent through the art’s male-dominated ranks, and the stories of those who’ve inherited her legacy, through dance, film, and martial arts. See guest artists from Brazil, and the ABADÁ-Capoeira San Francisco Performance Company embody her lineage through capoeira and the traditional music and dances of maculelê, jongo, and samba de roda.

In collaboration with award-winning local filmmaker Claudia Escobar, Mestra Cigarra weaves in audio and film into the show’s choreography. Escobar traveled with Mestra Cigarra to Brazil in 2023 to interview culture-bearers on video and create the footage that inform and feature in the performance. 

In 2021, ABADÁ-Capoeira San Francisco and Mestra Márcia Cigarra were awarded one of their most prestigious grants: The Hewlett 50 Arts Commissions for Folk & Traditional Artists from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. That year, the foundation named only 50 commissions designed to support the creation and premiere of exceptional new works by world-class artists in partnership with Bay Area nonprofit organizations. CIGARRA is that new work.

Show times:

Friday, May 3, 2024 from: 6-7:30pm

Saturday, May 4, 2024 from: 6-7:30pm

Sunday, May 5, 2024 from: 2-3:30pm

Organized by: ABADÁ-Capoeira San Francisco

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