Centre for Dance Research, Michaelis Theatre, Froebel College
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