Sharing the foundation of the dynamic cultural art of Capoeira… melding dance, ritual and martial arts in a game of physical chess that is as much a vehicle for personal liberation as it is expression. Once we have learned the movements comprising the basic questions and answers in the body language of the game, we will start talking!
Everyone will get a chance to play inside the roda, with the performers as well as their festival friends. Traditional music will also be played and taught, and we will all carry the energy from these workshops deep into the nights.
Erik Pixador Rhay began his journey into Capoeira, a rich Afro-Brazillian martial art, after love at first sight over nine years ago. Circumstance demanded he start teaching after only six months of training, leading him to discover effective methods of sharing this liberating art. This unorthodox beginning crafted Pixador as an ambassador of
Capoiera, taking him everywhere from martial arts academies and after-school programs to movement-therapy classes and private sessions. Since then, his horizons have expanded to teaching workshops and guest instructing for well-respected schools and mestres all along the west coast, from San Diego to Anchorage, as well as performing and leading workshops at events like What The Festival, the Oregon Country Fair, Northwest Folklife and Carnival Eugene. Pixador is known for his playful and easy style of instruction, quickly igniting people’s passion for Capoeira.