In anticipation of breakdancing’s historic debut as an Olympic sport at Paris 2024, the Consulate General of France in San Francisco, with the support of Villa Albertine San Francisco – puts the spotlight on hip-hop culture and sport as a tool for inclusion in an inaugural event series.
In partnership with NBC Bay Area, Villa Albertine, the Lycée Français, Théâtre du Lycée Français de San Francisco, and the Alliance Française de San Francisco the event kicks off with an exclusive screening of the movie “Allons Enfants” (Rookies), showcasing how hip-hop can serve as a tool for learning and empowerment (in French, with English subtitles).
Authors of a cult documentary on Benjamin Millepied and the Paris Opera (Relève: History of a Creation, 2016), as well as a Netflix series on dance (Move), Thierry Demaizière and Alban Teurlai turn their attention to hip-hop in this instance. They delve into the passion and talent of a handful of young individuals facing academic challenges, who find a welcoming space at the prestigious Turgot High School in Paris.
The screening will be followed by a captivating Breakdance performance by the group of B-Boy Precise.
Leaving a more inclusive society after the games is one of the commitments made by the Official Olympic Committee of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. The audience is invited to take a deeper dive into inclusion through sport with a panel discussion featuring experts, athletes, and advocates. Find out how sport can break down barriers, promote diversity and bring communities together with :
- Jessica Aguirre (moderator): NBC Bay Area presenter and Emmy Award recipient. She will travel to Paris to cover the Games for NBC networks.
- B-Boy Precise (panelist): Renowned breakdancer and former captain of the Golden State Warriors NBA breakdance group, the Golden State Breakers. B-Boy Precise brings a wealth of experience to illuminate the fascinating history of breakdancing and its evolution as a sport, culminating in its inclusion in the upcoming Summer Olympics in Paris.
- Amber Sweat (panelist): PhD candidate in French at the University of California, Berkeley, specializing in Francophone Media Studies and Urban Humanities. Her work intersects race, gender identities, technology, and youth culture. Recently, she created a course on hip-hop in the Francophone world – which she currently teaches – at UC Berkeley.
- Alejandra Navarro (panelist): Director of Equity, Inclusion, and Justice at the Lycée Français de San Francisco (LFSF). Her goal is to highlight different voices in the community, ensuring that everyone is seen, heard, and feels a sense of belonging.
Date : Thursday February 1st, 2024 – Form 6pm to 9pm
Address: TLF, 1201 Ortega St, San Francisco
Free event but registration is required. For tickets, click here