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ColetivA Ocupação

ColetivA Ocupação

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ColetivA Ocupação is a meeting between students, artists and performers from different regions of São Paulo who met during the occupations and protests resulting from the school system reorganization proposed by the  São Paulo state government in 2015 and 2016. The group was born from this approach and since 2016 develops continuous work of coexistence and creation at Casa do Povo.


The students’ struggle involved several spaces and gained different developments - theater was one of them. During the occupations, the group experienced what it is to think and act through the body, with performance as an instrument of combat.


History

ColetivA Ocupação’s first presentation happened in 2016, through an invitation from Casa do Povo, during the Performing Oppositions seminar. In 2017, the group was invited to create a performance for MIT - International Theater Festival. In 2018 they presented at UNEAFRO, at the VI ReAct Anthropology of Science Seminar, at the University of São Paulo; at the Florestan Fernandes National School and at the Caetano de Campos State School. They also organized the meeting “What happened since we jumped the walls” at Matilha Cultural and were invited to participate in the  Flexible Structures Laboratory at Casa do Povo and in the release of the book “Negri in the Tropics”, from N-1 Edições, with the participation of Antonio Negri.


In 2018, ColetivA held the Quando Quebra Queima season, divided in 6 presentations. The play is a collective "dance-struggle" constructed from the experiences of each performer: texts, songs, choreography, and photos made by students make up the scene; protest songs are sung; actions and street movements are evoked in the bodies of all participants. Occupying present time, ColetivA provokes and pulsates within this movement that transformed the lives and bodies of all who were a part of it.


Casa do Povo's programming expands the notion of culture, incorporating a large array of activities beyond artistic practices - from health and caring to community issues. The code of colors, filters and tags on the website helps to navigate through this entanglement of people and initiatives. Porous, mutant and critical, the programming allows the institution to structure itself without becoming rigid, to reinvent itself without growing precarious, to internationalize without giving up its local relevance, that is, in order to experiment with other forms of existence.

Regular activities

Courses
We strive to offer a lineup of courses that pique interest in the neighborhood and in Casa do Povo’s groups in residence, based on original and accessible practices (for those who offer, those who welcome and those who attend).


Study groups
In dialogue with the institution's axes, the study groups have various operational modes, some focused on internal processes, discussions and readings and others capable of overlapping into public events programming.

Projects

Commissioned works
Casa do Povo invites artists to develop new works, adapting its physical structure and guaranteeing the full operational existence of each project held here.


Publications
Each publication is understood as an extension of the projects developed and as a part of the events schedule.


Platforms
Combining processes and results, discourses and actions, artistic and academic work, Casa do Povo promotes encounters based on specific themes according to the urgent issues of the day.

Hosted events

Groups in residence can promote public activities that become part of the events schedule. Deliberately discontinuous and fluid, these activities establish close dialogues with the institution's work axes and help make Casa do Povo larger than it is, overflowing with community life.


Projects and proposals can be sent to info@casadopovo.org.br for assessment. At the same time, with the intention of encouraging this movement, an annual open call dedicated exclusively to collective practices has been launched.


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Nossa Voz
Nossa Voz

Nossa Voz is a publication by Casa do Povo. Literally “Our Voice,” the newspaper existed alongside the institution from 1947 to 1964, with texts in Yiddish and Portuguese and an editorial profile aligned with left wing ideals. It was shut down by the military dictatorship, which forced editor-in-chief Hersch Schechter and other contributors into exile. Relaunched in 2014, it continues to dialogue with its historical premises while rethinking its editorial directives.


The editorial committee relies on representatives from a wide variety of areas, meeting regularly to discuss issues concerning the city, memory and artistic practices according to the current political situation.

The publication is distributed free of charge and can be obtained at Casa do Povo during hours of operation, at partner institutions and some commercial establishments in the neighborhood of Bom Retiro in São Paulo.


Access recent issues below.

Click here to see old issues of Nossa Voz (1947-1964)