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The People’s Palace by Joanna Haigood

May 9 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

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A dancer looks up with one arm lifted and bent at the elbow and one arm reaching on an upward diagonal. The dome and an archway of San Francisco City Hall are visible behind the dancer.

The People’s Palace is an artistic intervention with City Hall’s Beaux-Arts Roman and Greek iconography. Aerialists and performers will interact with the architecture and large scale projections, transforming these symbols into new, more inclusive narratives that more accurately reflect San Francisco’s diverse and dynamic cultures and community. Through performance, music, storytelling, and immersive technologies, The People’s Palace invites the audience to actively engage these new narratives, to see themselves within the broader context of the city, and to appreciate the richness of diverse perspectives.

Performance repeats every 30 minutes:

  • 8:00 PM (7:50 entry)
  • 8:30 PM (8:20 entry)
  • 9:00 PM (8:50 entry)
  • 9:30 PM (9:20 entry)
  • 10:00 PM (9:50 entry)

Each ticket has a timed entry 10 minutes before each performance cycle begins, allowing extra time for check-in and security. Once inside, you are invited to stay for multiple performances so you can experience the work from a new vantage point or see your favorite part again.

Conceived and directed by Joanna Haigood, this work is being developed in collaboration with composer Marcus Shelby, visual artist Mildred Howard, scenic designer Sean Riley, rigging designer David Freitag, design consultant and fabricator Wayne Campbell, lighting designer Krissy Kenny, projection designer Aron Altmark, costume designer Dana Kawano, indigenous culture bearers Gregg Castro and Jonathan Cordero, and performing artists Veronica BlairTristan Ching HartmanCiarra D’OnofrioWilliam Brewton Fowler, Jr.Jocelyn ReyesNina SawantSaharla Vetsch, and The Skywatchers Ensemble.

A co-presentation of Dancers’ Group and ZACCHO Dance Theatre.



May 9
8:00 pm - 10:30 pm


Zaccho Dance Theatre
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San Francisco City Hall
1 Dr Carlton B Goodlett Pl
San Francisco, CA 94102 United States
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