The Artists

The artists: Silvia Bazzarelli and Marcos dos Santos

Silvia Bazzarelli – Capoeira master, Choreographer and performer

Born in Brazil, founded the London School of Capoeira (LSC) in 1988. She began learning dance at the age of seven and began studying Capoeira at the age of sixteen at the Movimentos School of Capoeira in Santos, at the time a branch of the Associação de Capoeira Senzala of Master Sombra in Santos, São Paulo.

Silvia opened the London School of Capoeira after receiving the teacher’s belt and was given the Master’s belt by Master Sombra in 1994 at the Jackson’s Lane Theatre at one of the LSC’s grading ceremonies.

Master SILVIA’s performing work with Passo Co and The London School of Capoeira in this country and abroad will include some of the venues below:

The Barbican Centre, the Jazz Café, the Common Wealth Institute, The Queen Elizabeth Hall, The Drill Hall Theatre, Lilian Baylis Theatre, Sadlers Wells, Stade Pierre de Coubertin, Paris, at various Womad Festivals in England, Spain, Italy and the USA, the Glastonbury Festival, the Theatre Academy of Finland, the Notting Hill Carnival, the Edinburgh Festival, the Duke’s Theatre, Lancaster, Riverside Studios, London, The Mill Theatre, Oxford, the Jackson’s Lane Theatre, London, The Phoenix Theatre, Leicester, The Tabernacle Theatre, London, at the Lebanon 2000, Lebanon, The Dome, London, amongst many other Venues all over England And Europe.

Performed for the following Companies:
The Holiday Inn, Oxford, Elizabeth Arden launch, London, Nokia Mobile Launch, Paris, British Gas Launch, London, the Brazilian Embassy – Brazil 500 at the Dome, The Maritime Museum, WWF, amongst others.

TV Work – Short Capoeira demonstrations for TV:
Transworld Sport (Cable), Motormouth (TVS), 01 for London, Global Jukebox (Cable), Under the Moon (Channel 4), Activ8 (BBC), The Big E (Channel 4), What’s up doc? (ITV), Dilly Downtown Entertainers (ITV), Selina Scott Show (ITN), the Eleventh Hour (BBC), 01 Channel (Cable and Nation Wide live TV), BBC Blue Peter.

Short feature films:
– The film “Capoeira Quickstep” by Roberto Mader (Channel 4 in 1992),
– Dance 4 Series (Channel 4)
– Capoeira Diaspora (British Film Institute)

Commercial for TV and Cinema:
Nokia 8 Mobile 2000 and Nokia N8 Mobile 2011. Please the links below:

Nokia 8

Nokia N8

Teaching Experience:
Master Silvia has run extensive Capoeira workshops at venues all over England and Europe, including the Iuna Academy, Berlin, the Paname Academy of Paris, Dartington College of Arts, The Drill Hall Arts Centre, The London Contemporary Dance School and the Commonwealth Institute.

A summary from 1985 – 2007: Teaching

  • Assistant Instructor to Master Sombra at the Senzala Academy of Santos, Brazil.
  • Capoeira Music Workshops for children at The Venture Centre, Notting Hill.
  • One month workshop at The Theatre Academy of Finland.
  • The Laurie Booth Summer Schools.
  • Master Silvia ran a successful series of workshops for disabled people at The Ark Project at Southhill Arts Centre, Bracknell.
  • Employed by director David Freeman to choreograph fight scenes for his production of Le Morte d’Arthur.
  • Taught Capoeira at Rivca Rubin’s 5th New Dance Summer Schools.
  • Received Arts Council grant to run a series of ‘Capoeira and Dance Performance Workshops’.
  • The Alternative Skills Workshops, Yorkshire Dance Centre.
  • Cambridge Summer Project, Mumford Theatre.
  • Citymoves Dancespace, Aberdeen.
  • Bristol Community Dance Centre.
  • Residency, Nottingham – Springboard 94.
  • International Workshop Festival, Nottingham Stamping Ground.
  • Capoeira Residency for One World Festival, Kirklees.
  • Advisor on Capoeira to the director David Glass for his production of ‘The Mosquito Coast’.
  • Series of Capoeira workshops for the Dance Spring, Dance 4, Nottingham.
  • Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh.
  • Lemon Tree, Spring 95, Aberdeen.
  • Performers Energy, International Workshop Festival.
  • The Alhambra Studio Theatre, Bradford.
  • Capoeira workshops for the Volcano Theatre, Wales.
  • Ballroom Blitz, Southbank.
  • World Food Summit – WOMAD, Rome, Italy.
  • WOMAD, Las Palmas, The Canary Islands.
  • Residency at the secondary school, Swanlea, London.

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Marcos dos Santos – Capoeira master and performer
Master Marcos was born in Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil. In 1991 he was invited by the London School of Capoeira to join the school as one of the directors and teachers. He began studying Capoeira at the age of eight in Natal and in 1984 at the age of twelve he joined the Associação of Capoeira Senzala of Master Sombra, Santos, São Paulo. He left the Senzala Academy with the instructor’s belt and was given the Master’s belt in 2006 by Master Sombra at the Riverside Studios Theatre at one of the LSC’s grading ceremonies.The Brazilian Confederation of Capoeira, São Paulo, Brazil, recognizes Masters Marcos’s qualifications.

Master MARCOS’s performing work in the UK and abroad will include:
The Barbican Centre, the Jazz Café, the Common Wealth Institute, The Queen Elizabeth Hall, The Drill Hall Theatre, Lilian Baylis Theatre, Sadlers Wells, Stade Pierre de Coubertin, Paris, at various Womad Festivals in England, Spain, Italy and the USA, the Glastonbury Festival, the Theatre Academy of Finland, the Notting Hill Carnival, the Edinburgh Festival, the Duke’s Theatre, Lancaster, Riverside Studios, London, The Mill Theatre, Oxford, the Jackson’s Lane Theatre, London, The Phoenix Theatre, Leicester, The Tabernacle Theatre, London, at the Lebanon 2000, Lebanon, The Dome, London, The Dance Xchange, Improvised Music, Dublin, amongst many other Venues all over England And Europe.

Performed for the following Companies:
VFC Cameras, The Holiday Inn, Oxford, Elizabeth Arden launch, London, Nokia Mobile Launch, Paris, British Gas Launch, London, the Brazilian Embassy – Brazil 500 at the Dome,  The Maritime Museum, WWF, amongst others.

TV Work – Short Capoeira demonstrations for TV:

01 for London, Under the Moon – channel 4, Activ8 – BBC, The Big E channel 4, Dilly down town entertainers – ITV, Selina Scott show – ITN, the Eleventh hour BBC, 01 Channel – Cable and Nation Wide live TV, BBC Blue Peter.

Short feature films:
– Dance 4 Series (Channel 4)
– Capoeira Diaspora (British Film Institute)

Commercial for TV and Cinema:
Nokia 8 Mobile 2000 and Nokia N8 Mobile 2011. Please the links below:

Nokia 8

Nokia N8
Teaching Experience:

Master Marcos has run extensive Capoeira workshops at venues all over England and Europe, including the Iuna Academy, Berlin, the Paname Academy of Paris, Dartington College of Arts, The Drill Hall Arts Centre, The London Contemporary Dance School and the Commonwealth Institute.

A summary from 1985 to 2007:

  • Assistant Instructor to Master Sombra at the Senzala Academy of Santos, Brazil.
  • The Alternative Skills Workshops, Yorkshire Dance Centre.
  • Cambridge Summer Project, Mumford Theatre.
  • Citymoves Dancespace, Aberdeen.
  • Bristol Community Dance Centre.
  • Residency, Nottingham – Springboard 94.
  • International Workshop Festival, Nottingham Stamping Ground.
  • Capoeira Residency for One World Festival, Kirklees.
  • Series of Capoeira workshops for the Dance Spring, Dance 4, Nottingham.
  • Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh.
  • Lemon Tree, Spring 95, Aberdeen.
  • Performers Energy, International Workshop Festival.
  • The Alhambra Studio Theatre, Bradford.
  • Capoeira workshops for the Volcano Theatre, Wales.
  • Ballroom Blitz, Southbank
  • World Food Summit – WOMAD, Rome, Italy.
  • WOMAD, Las Palmas, The Canary Islands.
  • Residency at the secondary school, Swanlea, London.
  • Workshops for the Arts World Wide Feet First.
  • Residency for the Leicester Raw Talent.
  • Workshops for the Swindon Dance Co.
  • Residency at Camdem Community School.
  • Residency for the secondary school Bow.
  • Series of workshops for the Dance Xchange, Birmingham.
  • Series of workshops for the Greenwich dance Agency.
  • Series of workshops for the Joyvana Davies Dance Company.
  • Capoeira Workshop at Museum of London, as part of Brasil 500.
  • International Workshop Festival Residency, Coventry.