Centre for Dance Research events

Workshop: Critical Drag, with Kareem Khubchandani

Date and time: 4-7 November, 10am-4pm

Location: Davies Studios

A four-day workshop for drag amateurs and veterans alike. All genders welcome! Kareem Khubchandani is a US-based performance scholar researching global queer nightlife who also performs as LaWhore Vagistan, an overeducated South Asian auntie who always knows best.

Booking details to be announced.

Swaying across the Kalunga Line (Gingando na Linha de Kalunga)
by Mestre Cobra Mansa
Wednesday 13 November, 5-6.30pm
Michaelis Theatre, Dance Department, University of Roehampton

In this talk, Cinézio Feliciano Peçanha, better known as Mestre Cobra Mansa, offers insights on his doctoral research project on ‘The renaissance of Engolo [practice] at the Nyaneka-Humbe Group in Angola.’ Briefly, this ethnographic project investigates the Engolo, a combat practice or ‘body game’ long considered as one of the common ancestors of the Afro-Brazilian martial art Capoeira Angola. Engolo is rooted in the Bantu heritage of the Nyaneka-Humbe peoples, native of the region known today as Angola. In particular, the project focuses on the process of death and rebirth of Bantu practices in Angola, taking into consideration a range of sociohistorical and cultural sets of transformations of the region. This project is grounded on the AHRC-funded research project The Angolan Roots of Capoeira (2010-13), in collaboration with Professor Matthias Röhrig Assunção, from University of Essex, which resulted in the documentary ‘Body Games: Capoeira and Ancestry’, screened last year at Roehampton.

About Cobra Mansa:
Mestre Cobra Mansa is a master of capoeira angola in the lineage of Mestre Moraes. He has a degree in Physical Education from the Catholic University of Salvador (1993) and has recently completed his PhD in Education and African Philosophy, from a Multi-Institutional and Interdisciplinary Program of Knowledge Dissemination, at the University of Bahia, Salvador, Brazil, also affiliated with HE institutions worldwide.

Body Games – trailer
A brief definition of Kalunga Line
• ‘The Physical and Spiritual Art of Capoeira’ (2018) a New York Times article on Cobra Mansa's Kilombo Tenondé cultural centre and Permangola/Permangolinha events

POP Moves 12th Annual Conference: Moving Beyond Coloniality: Practices of Emancipation Across Performances of the Popular

Date: 22-24 November

The Department of Dance is delighted to be hosting POP Moves 12th Annual Conference, on the theme Moving Beyond Coloniality: Practices of Emancipation Across Performances of the Popular.

POP Moves is an international research group for popular performance, and this event invites scholars, artists and activists in dance and the performing arts to consider decentralisation, transgression and emancipation through popular movement practices. How can movement-centred tactics and strategies allow us to ‘emancipate ourselves from mental slavery’, as Marcus M. Garvey Jr. declared?

For more information, please contact Dr Cristina Fernandes Rosa.