Art+Action presents The People’s Conservatory as part of a seven-month COME TO YOUR CENSUS city-wide arts takeover—held in collaboration with community-based organizations and Art+Action’s Coalition Partners—calling on artists across disciplines to remove the barriers to Census participation in their communities by making the intangible tangible and speaking directly to the hearts and minds of San Franciscans.
The People’s Conservatory (TPC) fosters high-level arts creation, study, and performance in an effort to promote cultural awareness and positive social change. TPC trains young artist explorers, with a dedicated focus on brown and black youth from marginalized and economically blighted communities, to envision and create a humane and just world through their art.
The People’s Conservatory will demonstrate both a choreographed and participatory Capoeira—an Afro-Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance, acrobatics, and music. Capoeira was developed in Brazil, deriving from traditions brought across the Atlantic Ocean by enslaved Africans and fueled by the desire for freedom. It soon became widely practiced as a means of breaking the bonds of slavery. During this time, the art form was prohibited by the Brazilian Penal Code. Yet, Capoeiristas continued to practice Capoeira and camouflaged the martial art as a form of dance.
12:30PM: The People’s Conservatory students perform a choreographed Capoeira from The People’s Conservatory debut theatrical production “Kola—An Afro Diaspora Remix of the Nutcracker,” alongside the Capoeira musicians.
1PM: An instructor from The People’s Conservatory will give the public a demonstration and explanation of basic Capoeira movements, its cultural history, purpose, and usefulness, and it’s relevance to today. The audience at Sunday Streets is encouraged to participate.
1:10PM: The demonstration will conclude with a large roda, a circular formation within which both TPC students and the audience are invited to perform the Capreonia movements learned in the demonstration.