When I arrived in S.P, Praça Roosevelt was a super alternative place, for the underground people, really, independent artists connected with the theaters that surround it. It was one of the coolest spots in town... and the good news is that it’s still is!
It went through big transformations over the last years, physical and social: a rebuilding made it more modern and, besides, caused the square to flourish as a stage for movements, political and human right discussions.
It is interesting to know that the square was reconstructed with soft stones and, for the kids, it turned into a skate plaza! And for the population in general a space to be together and resist!
And the artistic scenario around Praça Roosevelt is still living up to old times. Teatro Satyros has been there for 15 years now and you can’t dissociate it from the square anymore. They have two places for experimentation with new acting languages.
SP Espaço de Teatro, also managed by the Satyros group, is very cool and attracts even more young college students to the square.