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Frames of Reference; Capoeira of Brazil

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Part of NTW Master Dubbing: 8/98

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Frames of Reference
Capoeira of Brazil
Series Description

“Frames of Reference” was a series that began circa 1978. Half-hour shows were produced to showcase commissioned and already created works. It was around this time that the focus of the Workshop shifted, to concentrate more heavily on creating works for broadcast. During its time, “Frames of Reference” was the focus of the Workshop’s national arts programming effort. In an attempt to raise funds and foster collaboration, Workshop personnel approached and visited several public television stations nationwide. The major collaborative relationship was with WGBH’s “sister station,” WGBY (Springfield, Mass.). Among the featured artists were Meredith Monk, Remy Charlip, Trisha Brown, and Peter Campus. In 1981, “Frames of Reference” was packaged and offered to PBS, during what is known as “flex time” and was broadcast by WGBH, WNET (New York), and WGBY (Springfield, Mass.). “Frames of Reference” ended as a series ca. 1983, because of a lack of funding. Series release date: 1978

Program Description

The Capoeiras of Bahia Dance Company performs capoeira -- a Brazilian dance comprised of the motions of a martial art form -- to the accompaniment of traditional song and instrumentation. The narrator describes the aesthetics of capoeira and its social history among the African slaves and Portuguese in Brazil.



Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type


Capoeira (Dance)
Film and Television
Hudlin (Producer)
Machado, Loremil ()
Murdock, Clifton ()
Murdock, Wilber and Winnik, Kevin ()
da Silva, Eusebio and Kerr, Herbert ()
Andradre, J. C. (Apollo) ()
Moe, Timothy ()
Capoeiras of Bahia Dance Company, The ()
Chicago: “Frames of Reference; Capoeira of Brazil,” 09/25/1980, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed November 22, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_A360DFDD48E048FBBC5881970B214FB5.
MLA: “Frames of Reference; Capoeira of Brazil.” 09/25/1980. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. November 22, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_A360DFDD48E048FBBC5881970B214FB5>.
APA: Frames of Reference; Capoeira of Brazil. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_A360DFDD48E048FBBC5881970B214FB5
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