Hi, I’m Carlo Alexandre, thanks for visiting my page.
Please click on the photo below and watch an introduction to the project I recorded for you to listen to before you read the project.
I am a Capoeira master and performing artist – I sing, play and compose music. Over the last 30 years I have used capoeira to bring together local artists to co-create a book, a documentary film, music videos (TekóPorã and Guarnicê), theatre, photography exhibitions as well as conscious music, generating bonds of friendship, fun and learning.
Each production has been a rich and rewarding adventure, cementing my belief in the joy of art and the power of communities.
I was in Mexico when the Covid-19 pandemic hit. I had participated in a Peyote ceremony two years before and had reconnected with my spirituality for the first time since leaving the Afro-Brazilian traditions of Umbanda and Candomblé aged 28 - and took the decision to stay. In the face of the pandemic I had an overwhelming realisation that the future of our planet lies in the ancient wisdom of the indigenous communities around me and a deep-seated belief that ancestral knowledge is needed now more than ever.
This crowdfunder is for my next collaboration to compose and produce an innovative, experimental capoeira album "Historias de Plantas” - “The Stories Plants Tell”.
The journey will start at the Dia de Muertos celebrations in Mexico. Recognised by UNESCO as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity it is a reaffirmation of indigenous life.
The research, composition and recording will take place from November 2020 until January 2021 in Tepoztlán in Morelos and San Cristobal de Las Casas in Chiapas regions in Mexico where I will be learning about and participating in two ecological projects Ser Biocenosis Agroforestry in Tepoztlán and Permaculture Bamboo Home and Farm School in San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas, that work to produce organic food based on the ancient traditions from indigenous peoples.
Co-created with a community of international and local capoeiristas, musicians and producers this album will take you on an exhilarating experience inspired by the conversations had and collective knowledge acquired of ecology, integrated with the ancestral traditions of these regions.
Travel restrictions permitting, I will return to the UK to work with our local producer on production of the album in January 2021. Otherwise this process will take place online.
Ultimately, the album will launch an online platform for my hosts to share their way of life with a wider community. By bringing a quality mobile camera, a small projector and a good mic for podcasting, in partnership with my hosts, we will invite you to attend live and pre-recorded workshops and performances to learn alongside us to reconnect with nature and rediscover our true selves, so that we can answer the planet’s cry for help together as one.
"Over the last 20 years I have collaborated with Mestre Carlo Alexandre, combining my experience and skill as a classical actor with his visionary and unique understanding of Capoeira and Afro-Brazilian culture. His new project Histórias de Plantas has all the passion and integrity of his previous journeys... but the new wider political and ecological perspective makes this his most ambitious enquiry. He is searching for the resonance to be found in the music, form and landscape of his culture, to serve as a force of social and psychological change. The secrets of plants, the secrets of movement within capoeira and the associated spiritual world in which it was born and the more philosophical imperatives of this same arena are to be revealed in this marvellous project. A truly vital and inspired adventure."
Greg Hicks D.Litt. Leicester University UK RSC Associate Artist.
O Cazua is a small cultural space located in Xochimilco, south of Mexico City. It is dedicated to the practice and dissemination of capoeira angola but also invites teachers from different cultural and artistic horizons. It is coordinated by Jagad Isvara, professor of capoeira angola who also works as coordinator of the cultural center La Pirámide in Mexico city, and Marie Fulbert, anthropologist, capoeirista and drummer of Colombian Caribbean music. We started the activities in O Cazua 1 year and a half ago, with regular capoeira and percussion classes, and workshops led by several mestres from Brazil (M. Carlao, M. Nenê, M. Boca do Rio, M. Marcelo de Angola).
My latest Brazilian experimental album Tekó Porã invites listeners to hear what indigenous peoples have to say about living in harmony. This crowdfunding campaign also launches the video Tekó Porã from the album, featuring the meditative voice of young Brazilian singer Mayra Teixeira. It peacefully protests against the continuous attacks the current Brazilian government is perpetrating against the Amazon rainforest and the indigenous peoples from that region. ,
It is an artistic reflection of what indigenous peoples from all over the world can teach us about sustainable and ecological systems for managing land, water resources, biodiversity and our own behaviours: how to exist in balance with the natural world.
It was joyfully co-created through traveling around Britain and Europe playing capoeira, playing music, composing, rehearsing, developing arrangements and finally recording and producing a work of art.
(for accessing Tekó Porã Art-Zine to read the album Manifesto click in here).
(for accessing Album Guarnicê Manifesto click in here).
(Album Memorial design by @charleyispainting)
Charley Jones is an English artist whose expressive paintings reflect upon issues such as migration and lead us into a feeling of escapism with colour and high energy brushstrokes: