ABADÁ-Capoeira San Francisco (USA, Brazil)

Spirit of Brazil ‘15

(World Premiere)

Fri. May 29 7:30pm
Sat. May 30 4:30pm
Sun. May 31 5:00pm
Cowell Theater Tickets:
$20-$25 General Admission

Presented by ABADÁ-Capoeira San Francisco (duration 90 minutes)

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR: Márcia Treidler "Mestra Cigarra"
Production Co-Director: Jennifer Walsh
Set and Costume Design: Antonio Contreras
Stage Manager: TBA
Publicity: Michelle Sieling


These performances of Spirit of Brazil ‘15 were supported in part by a generous grant from the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation.


Presented by a talented, intergenerational cast of musical, dance, and martial artists, Spirit of Brazil ‘15 explores movement and music native to Brazil. Through a fusion of contemporary and traditional expressions of Capoeira, Maculelê, and Puxada de Rede, Spirit of Brazil ‘15 will honor and explore the history and complexity of these art forms. Full of dynamic acrobatic and athletic movement, steeped in tradition and history, and performed to heart-thumping rhythms, Spirit of Brazil ‘15 is guaranteed to leave the audience feeling inspired!


Artistic Director
Márcia Treidler "Mestra Cigarra"

Originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Márcia Treidler “Mestra Cigarra” is the founder and artistic director of ABADÁ-Capoeira San Francisco (ACSF). Mestra Márcia Cigarra is one of the top seven capoeiristas out of over 50,000 international ABADÁ-Capoeira members and the first female student of Mestre Camisa to be awarded the rank “Mestra”, a title shared with some of the world’s top practitioners.

Since 1991, Márcia has dedicated herself to developing ACSF’s into a San Francisco cornerstone for art and culture, and an internationally renowned capoeira school and Center. This is the sixth large-scale stage production she has created and directed featuring her ACSF performance company and guest master artists from Brazil.

Jennifer Walsh, Co-Production Director

Jennifer Walsh, known in the capoeira community as “Instrutora Sereia”, is the top ranked female foreign capoeirista in ABADÁ-Capoeira worldwide. She started her capoeira training in 1994, with ABADÁ-Capoeira’s legendary top ranked female capoeirista “Mestra Márcia Cigarra” in San Francisco, California.

In 1994, she joined forces with Márcia and became the Co-Founder and Executive Director of ABADÁ-Capoeira San Francisco. Today she continues in her pursuit to develop ACSF, as well as her own capacity as a capoeira artist.

Antonio Contreras
Set and Costume Designer

Antonio Contreras, originally from Mexico City and educated in art and fashion design, is well known for his paintings—elaborate watercolor pieces interwoven with an eclectic mix of themes including Catholicism, high fashion, pop culture, mythology and, of course, a heavy dose of Mexican Diva Maria Felix. He has grown to become an established visual artist, a Santeria Priest, a fashion film director, and a respected capoeira performer.

Antonio is an accomplished artist and athlete, and an integral part of the ACSF community since he began training with Mestra Márcia in 2001. He will bring his talents together to add creativity to the look and feel of ACSF’s Spirit of Brazil 15’.

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