“The Roda relies on a complex relationship of different elements that are constantly in flux. The leader of the Roda provides much of the impetus for its smooth running, but a successful Roda also relies on each Capoeirista playing their part, both physically and mentally, and committing their energies to whatever role they are taking” – Simon Fliegner (senior student).
The Roda: “the Roda provides the environment for a positive feedback loop: the musicians inspire the chorus to sing, the chorus and musicians together inspire the players to play, the players, in turn, inspire both the chorus and musicians; and everyone is inspired to enter the Roda and play more”.
“The Roda provides a remarkable environment, though the participants’ collective unity of intention, inspire each Capoeirista to play beyond their perceived limits. This vital group dynamic is an interesting counterbalance to the individualism of each Capoeirista that is so greatly encouraged in this art form” – Simon Fliegner
“There is great variety to be found in the music of different Rodas and the use and combination of instruments. The bateria is common but by no means definitive”.
“Every Roda is made up of individuals, and as such assumes its character from the personalities and motivations of its participants. This accounts for much of the variety from one Roda to the next. Each Capoeirista school or group will also have its own way of doing things which is guided by the Master or leader of the group”.
“As a player becomes more experienced with years of training and practice, their personality as a Capoeirista grows and becomes more defined. This can be very visible in the way they behave in the Roda”.
“Ultimately the Roda de Capoeira is as simple as it is complicated: you enter, you play, you leave, finishing where you started, and starting where you finish. Which bring us back to where we started. Roda means wheel” – Simon Fliegner