CHAKRAPOLIS: Youth, hip hop yoga, chakra workshop with artists Go!PushPops

Program Date: February 25, 2017 at 3:00 pm

New York City based artist collective Go!PushPops, in collaboration with musician and yogi UNDAKOVA, will give a youth hip-hop yoga chakra workshop titled “CHAKRAPOLIS” at Franklin Street Works. Go!PushPops are exhibiting artists in the not-for-profit contemporary art space’s current exhibition “Love Action Art Lounge,” and their workshop is part of the show’s free public programming. CHAKRAPOLIS is designed for youth ages 8 to 18 and parents are invited to join in, have brunch in the Franklin Street Works Café, and/or explore the exhibition during the workshop! CHAKRAPOLIS takes place Saturday, February 25, from 3:00 – 5:30pm. Limited spots available due to space and this program will be videotaped as part of the artists’ practice of using video documentation in their work. Please RSVP to Creative Director, Terri C Smith, at terri@franklinstreetworks.org to reserve your place and receive more details.

In this two and one-half hour workshop the artists will playfully explore chakras (spinning wheels of energy in the body) with the participants using movement, instruments, singing and simple yoga set to a healing soundtrack that correlates to each energetic center and its color — red (root), orange (sacral), yellow (solar plexus), green (heart), turquios (throat), purple (third eye) and gold (crown). The youth will be outfitted with colorful costumes representing the seven colors of the rainbow chakra system and create a collaborative kinetic sculpture embodying the rainbow of chakras and the celestial serpent of consciousness. The workshop will conclude with participants performing a parade through the neighborhood.

 

Falling close to the Chinese New Year, this “serpent of consciousness” (representative of enlightened knowledge or a faith in Oneness) also references the dragon ceremonies performed at the opening of Lunar New Year, the original calendar of the Goddess (Moon Time).  The Chinese Dragon represents good luck, protection and fertility, tracing back to Asia’s dragon ladies (female shamans) and other living expressions of serpent worship and Goddess-consciousness — myths that were remade by patriarchal religions such as Confucianism and Buddhism and associated with demons and witchcraft in the Judeo-Christian world. “As a moving expression of the collective, our celestial serpent and dragon of consciousness is symbolic of the full spectrum of energy centers with balanced masculine and feminine elements,” explains PushPop, Katie Cercone, “Together our bodies in motion with the sound current serves as a microcosm of the greater cosmos and a powerful expression of an integrated, diverse, vibrant community.”


The programs at Franklin Street Works are explorations of creative projects that inspire contemporary art enthusiasts to come together in conversation.

Exhibition Programming

Exhibition programming expands on the art space’s original shows through a closer look at the art on view, stimulating conversations surrounding the exhibition’s theme. For our exhibition programming, Franklin Street Works connects communities with artists, curators, and innovative cultural producers via free public workshops, performances, and talks. These efforts elucidate each exhibition by going more deeply into its intentions and adding discursive content through educational and social interactions.

Exhibition programs include artists’ presentations, tours, performances, and hands on activities, such as artist Emily Larned’s book binding workshop. Notable participatory performances include Trisha Baga’s “The Garden Party” — where the public joined in the artist’s parade from Franklin Street Works to the Landmark Square building in Downtown Stamford, Connecticut; and David Horvitz’s “Honey Locust Tree Relocation” project where participants from Connecticut and New York carried more than thirty Honey Locust tree saplings from Clocktower Gallery in New York City to their new home at Franklin Street Works. Generative, cross-disciplinary programs are another way Franklin Street Works explores the relevance of contemporary art, such as the 2013 exhibition-inspired poetry reading and zine featuring texts by UConn, Stamford, writing students.

Ongoing Programming

The ongoing programs at Franklin Street Works are community-building events that show the breadth of cultural production in and around Fairfield County. For our ongoing programming, Franklin Street Works has featured VJs, musicians, novelists, DJs, website designers, artists, writers, and filmmakers from the region in one-night events that showcase their efforts at different phases of development. In-progress programs include events such as artist Renee Kahn workshopping a new, immersive installation and receiving audience feedback. Finished projects have included Kent Evans’ performance using text from his published book and a talk by two website designers about their online projects.

Emily Larned’s book binding workshop

The Garden Party with Trisha Baga

Honey Locust Tree Relocation

UConn reading