Protesters claimed issues of gentrification when they took to Hollenbeck Park this weekend to object to a mobile opera performance.

The Industry, a five-year-old experimental opera company, ran a mobile performance with 24 limousines across Los Angeles called “Hopscotch.” It took audience members in limousines through traffic and into parks and plazas while telling a story the whole way. They made several stops including Boyle Heights, Elysian Park, and Glassell Park,  areas that the protesters say gentrification has stricken.

When Hopscotch arrived to Hollenbeck Park on Sunday, they were met with several protesters and students from Roosevelt High School playing instruments over their opera. One protester held a sign that said “Your ‘art’ is displacing people of color.”

Hopscotch received positive reviews from several media outlets calling it innovative. The performance ran from October Oct. 31 through Nov. 22.

Photos by Serve the People – Los Angeles.

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