The roda is the game played by capoeiristas in where capoeira is put into practice. It is not only a physical game but also a mind game; testing each other, reading movements, action and reaction. In this comic, I wanted the audience to experience what it was like to play, when everything in the background fades away until what is left is just you, your partner and the music.
In this particular story, the text is actually lyrics of the song Amigo Meu, sung during the roda that tells its own story. Juxtaposed with the scenes of the roda in play, the audience is invited to interpret the comic in their own way, and the relationship between the characters, the story, and the game.
"It was there in Capoeira
That we met
It was there in Capoeira
That our friendship grew"
- Mestre Suassuna
This is also the only comic out of the five that explores the small studio in which I practice capoeira. Unlike other nations, lot of martial art schools and gyms in Sydney are little more than rented halls or dance studios, often shared with other martial arts, sports and exercise classes. These small dojos and studios are far more common than the large schools that are usually represented in films. In the end, it is not the physical place that matters, but the people.