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Date
27 Jun 2005
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IOC News , museum-news-articles

This week at the Olympic Museum (25.06.2005)


Finding the Roots of Sport exhibition
In the framework of this exhibition, the Olympic Museum will offer visitors a programme of exciting encounters with those who practise traditional games, sports, singing and music. The people invited, all specialists in their field, will be revealing the secrets of their ancestral techniques which all contribute to a common heritage. Each occasion will be an authentic chance to watch, learn and discuss! As such, from 6 July to 14 August, the Olympic Museum will be neglecting the Olympic sports and exploring a parallel universe. The result will be events based on diversity of movement with a plurality of body movements governed by laws and rites which sometimes overlap with the sporting register, as the boundaries are not always well defined.
 
The week’s events at the Olympic Museum
 
Every Sunday from 10 July to 14 August: Visit the exhibition Finding the Roots of Sport. Guided tour for adults run by students from the University of Neuchâtel’s Ethnological Institute. At 11 a.m. in French and 2 p.m. in English. Meet in the entrance hall; admission: ticket price; duration: 1 hour 30 minutes. Information on 021 621 65 11.
 
Wednesday 6, Friday 8 & Sunday 10 July: Brazil: maculelê, afro-Brazilian dance. Closely linked with the practice of capoeira, maculelê is a dance that brings together the traditions of different African tribes with those of Brazilian Indians. As a symbol of the slaves’ work on the sugar cane plantations, the dancers carry sticks, and sometimes machetes. They simulate combat by hitting the sticks together, to the rhythm of the atabaque (a percussion instrument). Accompanied by singing, this extremely dynamic dance expresses the slaves’ battle for freedom.

Wednesday 6 July: all afternoon from 1.30 p.m. onwards: maculelê lessons. Registration recommended on 021 621 65 11. Wear comfortable clothes. Demonstrations - show: Participants put into action the movements learnt during the lessons. Presentation of musical instruments. Workshops: body painting and decoration of the sticks used for maculelê.

Friday 8 July: all afternoon from 1.30 p.m. onwards: maculelê lessons. Registration recommended on 021 621 65 11. Wear comfortable clothes. Demonstrations - show: Participants put into action the movements learnt during the lessons. Presentation of musical instruments.

Sunday 10 July: all afternoon from 1.30 p.m. onwards: maculelê lessons. Registration recommended on 021 621 65 11. Wear comfortable clothes. Demonstrations - show: Participants put into action the movements learnt during the lessons. Presentation of musical instruments. Workshops: body painting and decoration of the sticks used for maculelê. From 5 to 5.45 p.m.: Grand finale with Mestre Paulão. Axe Brasil, capoeira and maculelê show. Batudaca do Brasil, Brazilian percussion and rhythms.
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