Monday PFS Noon Share: NAKA Dance (unsettling)


For this upcoming Monday, under the umbrella of the Unsettling Performance Group, Jose Navarette and Debby Kajiyama (NAKA dance) will present about their recent creative project called The Anastasio Project. (more info about it below).

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Cheers, Joe


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Jose Navarette and Debby Kajiyama (NAKA dance) will presenting this Monday about their recent creative project called The Anastasio Project. It was performed at Eastside Center in East Oakland and is a multidisciplinary performance exploring race relations, state brutality, and border violence using as a point of departure the stories of Anastasio Hernandez-Rojas, a Mexican national who was detained at the US-Mexico border in May 2010.

Presented in collaboration with Oakland’s Eastside Arts Alliance, The Anastasio Project was comprised of public performances featuring artists and East Oakland youth as well as an ongoing Racial Equity Inquiry group led by educator Tammy Johnson. The work was created in collaboration with the EastSide Arts Alliance, muralist Leslie Lopez, video artists Steven Sanchez and Ian Winters, and composer David Molina.

They will talk about the process, including the places they bumped up against their unknowing in working with the community in and around Eastside.

About Navarrete x Kajiyama Dance Theater
Founded in 2001, Navarrete x Kajiyama Dance Theater (NAKA) creates interdisciplinary performance works that explore ritual, cultural studies, and contemporary socio-political and environmental issues. Through dance, storytelling, multimedia installations and site-specific environments, NAKA builds deep partnerships with communities, engages people’s histories and folklore and expresses experiences through accessible performances that challenge the viewer to think critically about social justice issues. NAKA brings together and creates rapport among diverse populations, encouraging dialogue and civic participation.For over 14 years, NAKA’s founders and co-directors Debby Kajiyama and José Navarrete have created original work deeply rooted in the local Mexican-American, Japanese-American and Latino transgender communities as well as San Francisco’s community of Argentine Tango dancers; critical race discourse is woven throughout our work.

NAKA investigates social and environmental injustice, creating work that is driven by a curiosity about people’s histories; we often make work about the vulnerable, the underdog and the marginalized that we perform in theaters, on street corners, and in site-specific environments. Our past work has examined issues such as immigration, food sovereignty, water rights, nuclear catastrophe and the human ability to rationalize inhumane behavior.

In 2014, NAKA received an ACIP planning grant to conduct a nine-month investigation of the intersection of racial equity principles and the impact of socially conscious art in the Bayview-Hunter’s Point.