Jacare dos Patins, (literally, “the Skate Alligator”), blowing your mind at the Batalha do Passinho in the City of God.
You read that right.
Passinho is a new wave dance battle culture coming out of Rio de Janeiro. Like funk (and samba long before that) passinho comes out of Rio’s favelas, but it’s very much a post-funk paradigm:
The dancer replaces the DJ or MC at center stage. It’s battle format, but high camaraderie. It’s dominated by male dancers, but the vibe is decidedly pro-homo, flowing across gender borders with the same ease Joao Xavi argues passinho dancers move between battlegrounds in a pacifying patchwork of favelas.
I filmed this video during an interlude at the Batalha do Passinho on St. George’s Day in the City of God, and I can’t believe I’m saying this, but props to Coca-Cola for sponsoring this madness. The movie by the same name is now over a decade old, and it’s also time to retire some of our City of God-era images of favela as a bad, bad word.
Jacare dos Patins, also known as Carlos Jaccinto, is a fixture in Rio’s street art scene. He got his first pair of skates in 1994 when he was still in the Brazilian Marines.
From Gustavo Malheiros’ Anônimos Famosos:
I like to animate the people in the streets. I like to pass them my energy.
The people in the streets are so stressed out, they need to receive the affection of the Jacare dos Patins.
Gosto de animar a galera da rua. Gosto de passar a minha energia para eles.
O público da rua anda tão estressado, eles precisam receber o carinho do Jacare dos Patins.
This is a RioChromatic original production, filmed on São Jorge’s Day, 2013, in Rio de Janeiro. Você é Show, Jacare dos Patins!
Like what you hear? You’re listening to this year’s Passinho do Volante, now at 33 million views:
This featured video in this post was filmed on a GoPro Hero3, God’s gift to filmmakers.