Afro-Brazilian Music, Dance and Martial Arts

Ologundê ensemble celebrates the rich Afro-Brazilian culture of Salvador, Bahia through a diverse repertoire of music, dance and martial arts. In workshops, assemblies and residency programs, Ologundê delivers a diverse repertoire which includes the rituals associated with the Afro-Brazilian religion called candomblé; the breathtaking capoeira martial arts dance; and the exhilarating samba de roda.

Pennsylvania Curriculum Standards

(A=Assembly; W=Workshop; R=Residency)

9.1 Production, Performance and Exhibition of Dance, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts A, W, R

9.2 Historical and Cultural Contexts A, W, R

15.4 Learning Through Experience W, R

25.3 Pro-Social Relationships with Adults W, R

25.4 Pro-Social Relationships with Peers W, R

Art Form(s): Music, Spoken Word/Literary Arts

Instrument(s): Voice, Percussion

Assembly, Workshop, and Residency Offerings
 
 
 

Assembly

Ologundê performs a diverse repertoire which includes the rituals associated with candomblé, a synthesis of the Yoruba and Catholic religions in which various orixás (gods) are invoked; the breathtaking capoeira martial arts dance; and the exhilarating samba de roda, the most traditional form of the inconic samba tradition which can be traced back to the semba of Angola.

 

Best for Grades: ELC K-5 6-8 9-12 Special Needs

 

Workshop

Ologundê offers workshops in Afro-Brazilian percussion, dance and martial arts. In a standalone workshop, students will learn the basic techniques of each with a master teaching artist from the ensemble.

Best for Grades: ELC K-5 6-8 9-12 Special Needs

 

Residency

n this dynamic residency program, the ensemble opens with a performance that takes us through a variety of cultural traditions from Salvador, Bahia, Brazil including candomblé, capoeira and samba de roda. In the subsequent weeks, students will learn either Afro-Brazilian percussion, dance or martial arts or a mixture of them all in a series that will culminate in a performance for their peers.

Best for Grades: ELC K-5 6-8 9-12 Special Needs

 

Featuring: Ologundê

The US-based Ologundê ensemble celebrates the rich Afro-Brazilian culture of Salvador, Bahia through a diverse repertoire of music, dance and martial arts. Comprised of Brazilians living in the United States and Brazil, the ensemble includes former members of world-renowned music and dance troupes and is under the direction of master Afro-Brazilian percussionist Dendê Macêdo. The ensemble has performed throughout the US since its formation in 2002 and toured Greece as part of the Cultural Olympiad, appearing at the Kalamata Dance Festival and at the Athens Festival at the Acropolis.

Joined Musicopia: 2021

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