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Images from Stan Douglas’ ‘Disco Angola’ Show

1. Capoeira, 1974

2. Kung Fu Fighting, 1974

"Capoeira, 1974 shows rebel fighters surrounding two comrades practising capoeira, the martial art form that originally masqued itself as dance and in its earliest form was covertly practised by Angolan slaves in Brazil. It is hung opposite Kung Fu Fighting, 1974 which shows a disco dancer performing dance moves learned from Bruce Lee’s legendary martial arts films. Together the images reveal subtle traces between conflict and dance and an affinity between the recently liberated Angolans and members of the New York gay community. "