About Passo Co

Passo Co have developed and strengthened the concept of Capoeira as an art form, dance and expression through choreographed works, traditional performances and workshops exploring the relationship between the traditional and the contemporary Capoeira forms.

The company was established in 1993 by Silvia Bazzarelli and Marcos dos Santos. Together, they have created 8 productions including “Morte do Capoeira”, “Maré”, “Arid Land”, “Play Low”,  “Capoeira Is”, “Baker Street 5”, Waterloo 3 and “Long Haul”.
Passo Co´s directors, Silvia Bazzarelli and Marcos dos Santos, are both qualified Capoeira masters and their extensive work and experience have been reflected upon Passo Co productions.
Passo Co’s movement language and physicality are simply tools however complicated and skilled they may seem. These are used to create ideas, stories and interaction with the audience. We aim to reach the audience with new visual experiences.
Passo Co’s commercial work aims to supply the businesses with a new idea or message.

“This display of gravity and well-oiled virtuosity was impressive”- The Stage 


Some of our clients will include: 

NOKIA
ELIZABETH ARDEN
BRITISH GAS
PATEK PHILLIPE
LEBANON 2000
FIREFLY
VFC CAMERAS
THE NATIONAL LOTTERY
WWF
NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM

Productions

Long Haul (2014) Clip

Long Haul captures the journey of one passenger travelling long haul in between two worlds. “Long Haul” offers snap shots of the mundane minutiae of the airport and departure lounge experience and contrasts them with building antecipation and shiny excitment of the new arrival in a long awaited but unfamiliar city.

Performers: Marcos dos Santos, Silvia Bazzarelli and Caterina Violi
Choreography: Silvia Bazzarelli
Music: BlueDrumMusic
Duration: 30 minutes
Performed at: Arts Depot theatre and at the Rich Mix

Baker Street 5 (2012) Clip

“Baker Street 5” is a bite sized blast of Capoeira style storytelling, young performers from the LSC give their unique light hearted take on the all too familiar ‘daily grind’ of commuting.

Performers: Charlie Hargrove, Cosmo Kemp, Gabriel Bazzarelli dos Santos, Max Runge and Sacha Harlan
Choreography: Silvia Bazzarelli
Music: BlueDrumMusic
Duration: 5 minutes
Performed at: Arts Depot theatre.

Waterloo 3 (2012) Clip

“Waterloo 3” is bite sized blast of Capoeira style story telling illustrates a unique take on an all too familiar story.

Performers: Carolina Bazzarelli dos Santos, Caterina Violi and Rachael Lewsley.
Music: BlueDrumMusic
Duration: 5 minutes
Performed at: Arts Depot theatre.

Capoeira Is (2005-2012) 

A performance with stunning movement exposing the story of Capoeira. Multimedia elements including music, percussion, images and film come together to create an inspirational introduction to the origins of the art.

Performers: Marcos dos Santos and Silvia Bazzarelli
Choreography: Silvia Bazzarelli
Duration: 30 minutes
Performed at: Alnwick Playhouse/Alnwick, Assembly Rooms/Ludlow, The Place/Telford, The Melina Mercouri Hall/Nicosia/Cyprus,
The Civic Theatre/Doncaster, London: The Jackson’s Lane, The Riverside Studios and in schools across London as part of the Black History project.

Play Low (2004 – 2012) Clip

Play Low explores how people today are searching, speeding, ducking and diving, following the yet unknown ultimate satisfaction.
Play Low performers capture these emotions through daring Capoeira fighting & intricate Capoeira “playing” techniques and a
mellow acceptance of movement and temporary end.

“…demonstrates astonishing speed at which capoeira dancers can move, often improvising in the middle of kinetic movements…”  Metro

Performers: Marcos dos Santos and Silvia Bazzarelli
Choreography: Silvia Bazzarelli
Duration: 30 minutes

Performed at:
The Drum/Birmingham, The Mac/Birmingham, The Island Arts Centre/Belfast, Alnwick Playhouse/Alnwick, Assembly Rooms/Ludlow,
The Place/Telford, The Melina Mercouri Hall/Nicosia/Cyprus, London: The Jackson’s Lane, The Mermaid Theatre and The Greenwich Maritime Museum.

Arid Land (1998-2000) Clip

Passo Co are focused and physically captivating, blending Bosco de Oliveira and Paulo de Oliveira’s compelling musical
arrangements with Brazilian contemporary art forms.

“…display of gravity – cheating back-flips and well-oiled virtuosity was impressive…” – The Stage

Performers: Marcos dos Santos and Sylvia Bazzarelli
Choreography: Sylvia Bazzarelli
Music: composition by Bosco de Oliveira
Duration: 30 minutes

Performed at:
The Mill Arts/Oxford, The Tabernacle Theatre/London, The Jackson’s Lane/London, The Sfendoni Theatre/Athens/Greece and The Lebanon 2000 Festival/Lebanon.

Maré (1996-2012) Clip

In South American industrial landscape a worker’s dreams of bygone days. Ghosts from an ancestral experience invade reality,
taking us on a surreal journey. The complex tale is woven utilizing the stunning art of Capoeira, combat and contemporary dance,
entering the dangerous heart of the quilombos where beauty turns heavy with threat in an instant.

“…passionate, graceful and full of fire…” – Edinburgh Festival FM

Performers: Marcos dos Santos and Sylvia Bazzarelli
Choreography: Silvia Bazzarelli
Music: specially composed for the show Maré by Rikki Blue
Duration: 30 minutes

Performed at: The Performers Energy At, The Duke’s Theatre/Lancaster, The Mill Theatre/Oxford, The Palace Theatre/Redditch,
The Drum/ Birmingham, The Mac/Birmimgham, The Island Centre/Belfast, London: The Queen Elizabeth Hall, Riverside Studios, The Mermaid Theatre and at the Greenwich Maritime Museum.

Morte do Capoeira (1994-1996) Clip

Morte Do Capoeira follows the tracks of the art form leaping through African Roots to the Brazilian beat fusing combat and acrobatics,
dance and sharp wit, percussion and physical theatre.

…an explosive performance combining physical theatre and the Brazilian art form Capoeira.

…não e’ facil pegar um Capoerista! – …it’s not easy to catch a Capoerista.

Performers: Marcos dos Santos and Silvia Bazzarelli
Choreography: Silvia Bazzarelli
Duration: 30 minutes
Performed at: The Womad Festival, The Glastonbury Festival, The Edinburgh Festival, The Mosaics/Sadlers Wells.

The Artists

Silvia Bazzarelli
Capoeira master, Choreographer and performer

Born in Brazil, founded the London School of Capoeira (LSC) in 1988. She began studying dance at the age of seven and  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 founded 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.

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.

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.

Marcos Aurelio dos Santos
Capoeira master and performer
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.

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.

Colaborating with Passo Co

Passo Co collaborate with the London School of Capoeira providing traditional and contemporary performances, after School clubs”, “Introduction to Capoeira” package for schools and scholarship for young people.

For details on the work of the London School of Capoeira and Passo Co please contact our team at:
info@londonschoolofcapoeira.com

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