5 April {Tuesday}

Laboratory Theatre Space, Rynek-Ratusz 27


Workshop with Mestre Cobra Mansa

Tue–Thu 5–7 April 2016, 10:00–13:00

Laboratory Theatre Space

The workshop will be conducted in English

Contact and application

Please email your completed application form by 28 March 2016 to Justyna Rodzińska-Nair at Please include in the subject of the email ‘BodyConstitution workshops’ followed by the name of the chosen workshop. The number of places is limited. Applicants will be accepted on a first-come-first-serve basis.


Fee: 60 EUR


Capoeira Angola is the most traditional style of capoeira, with roots in African ritual. Its first major master was Mestre Pastinha (Vicente Ferreira Pastinha). Capoeira Angola involves slow, smooth, close-to-the ground-movements which include low kicks, head butts and dodges. The two players, or warriors, called Angoleiros, are very close to each other. The music of Capoeira Angola is slower than the one played in Capoeira Regional and its focus is less on aggressive interaction between the players and more on positive energy. 

Mestre Cobra Mansa

Mestre Cobra Mansa (Cinézio Peçanha) has been a Master of Capoeira Angola since 1986. He is one of the principal figures responsible for the revitalisation of Capoeira Angola. In 1996, he founded the International Capoeira Angola Foundation (Fundaçao Internacional de Capoeira de Angola) in Washington DC. Mestre Cobra Mansa participated as producer, consultant and actor in diverse documentary films about capoeira. He is co-director of the film Jogo de Corpo: Capoeira and Ancestry (2014).