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Dancers’ Group and World Arts West present:

NAKA Dance Theater 

Friday, August 5, 2016, 12pm
San Francisco City Hall


two men running, with LED light strip between themFor August’s performance, NAKA Dance Theater premieres an excerpt of their upcoming site-specific performance project, RACE. Fittingly taking place on the exact day of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony, NAKA performs RACE to investigate past and present Olympic Games—paying tribute to the tumultuous 1968 Mexico City Olympics and various civil disobedience movements that broke out worldwide. RACE offers a powerful look at the poverty industrial complex. The “cleaning up” that happens in preparation for the Olympic Games globally is analogous to conflicts in San Francisco, where the economic tech boom often ousts the city’s most vulnerable residents. When city streets are cleaned up, who benefits? Who is swept aside?

Free performances of RACE will continue throughout the Tenderloin in August and September. The work is commissioned by Dancers’ Group’s ONSITE program, which brings large-scale, site-specific dance performances, free-of-charge to the public in highly visible locations throughout San Francisco. NAKA Dance Theater is developing RACE as part of their residency with ABD Productions/Skywatchers. Skywatchers engages Tenderloin residents as storytellers, co-creators, performers, and audience members. Additional collaborating artists include David Molina, Shakiri, Ian Winters, Steven Sanchez, Carla Orendorff and Kevin O’Connor. The full schedule and more details will be listed at dancersgroup.org/onsite.

About NAKA Dance Theater
Founded in 2001, Navarrete x Kajiyama Dance Theater (NAKA) creates interdisciplinary performance works that use movement, story, art installation, multimedia, and site-specific environments. Our work has been influenced by ritual, cultural studies, and the socio-political and environmental concerns of the world in which we live.

We cultivate partnerships with communities, explore people’s histories & folklore, and express experiences through performance that is accessible but that challenges the viewer to think critically about pressing issues. NAKA brings together diverse populations to create a rapport among them, encouraging dialogue and civic participation.

NAKA has created work involving members of the Latino transgender community, the local Mexican-American and Japanese-American communities, and San Francisco’s community of Argentine Tango dancers. From 2005-2008, we were artists-in-residency at ODC Theater. In 2006, NAKA was named one of the 25 to Watch by Dance Magazine. In 2007, we collaborated with visual artists from Eastside Arts Alliance, an organization of artists and community organizers of color in East Oakland to create the performance environment for The Revenge of Huitlacoche. That same year, NAKA was invited to present their work at the Hemispheric Institute on Performance and Politics’ Encuentro in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In 2008 & 2014, we were chosen to be the San Francisco representative for SCUBA Touring Network performances in Minneapolis, Philadelphia, and Seattle. In 2010-11 we were Irvine Fellows at the Lucas Artist Residency Program at Montalvo Arts Center. Our work has been presented by Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, ODC Theater, the Queer Arts Festival, Cal State East Bay, the Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center Performance Series, the Oakland Museum of California, and the San Francisco Asian Art Museum.

Download a full press release here (pdf)

Above image by Scott Tsuchitani

 


Save the Date for 2016 Rotunda Dance Series:

September 2: Mix’d Ingrdnts
October 7: AXIS Dance Company
November 4: Mussel Rock Cloggers
December 9: Bolivia Corazón de América


 

Previous Artists:

El Tunante (June 2016)
Read “A Peruvian Heart on an American Stage: Nestor Ruiz Shares his Passion” published in the June issue of In Dance

Cypress String Quartet & Academy of Danse Libre (May 2016)

San Francisco Ballet School Trainee Program (Apr 2016)

Lily Cai Chinese Dance Company (Mar 2016)
Read “One Chinese Foot, One American Foot: Talking with Lily Cai” published in the March issue of In Dance

Chinyakare Ensemble (Feb 2016)
Read “What I Do is Medicine: Julia Chigamba and the Healing Power of Dance” published in the January/February issue of In Dance 

Halau ‘o Kawainuhi and Eddie Madril (Dec 2015)
Read “Paying Tribute to the Guna of Panama: Mark the Closing of the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition” published in the December issue of In Dance

Nimely Pan African Dance Company (Nov 2015)
Press Release (pdf)

Mary Sano and Her Duncan Dancers (Oct 2015)
Press Release (pdf)
Read “Did you know? Mary Sano” published in the October issue of In Dance

Lenora Lee Dance (Sep 2015)
Press Release (pdf)
Read “Organized Chaos: Lenora Lee’s Fire of Freedom tackles PTSD” published in the September issue of In Dance

Los Lupeños de San José (Aug 2015)
Press Release (pdf)

Halau ‘o Keikiali’i and Halau ‘o Ku’ulei (June 2015)
Press Release (pdf)
Read “Sustaining the Lineage: Kumu Hula Kawika Alfiche shares the multi-faceted training of a Kumu Hula” published in the June issue of In Dance

inkBoat / Shinichi Iova-Koga (May 2015)
Press Release (pdf)

San Francisco Taiko Dojo (Apr 2015)
Press Release (pdf)

Minoan Dancers (Mar 2015)
Press Release (pdf)

Gamelan Sekar Jaya, Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, Swedish Dancing (Feb 2015)
Press Release (pdf)
Read “A Labyrinth of Cultural Histories: Exploring the Legacies of the 2015 Panama–Pacific International Exposition” published in the January/February issue of In Dance

De Rompe y Raja (Dec 2014)
Press Release (pdf)
Read “Finding Freedom in Beat and Song: A Conversation with Gabriela Shiroma of De Rompe y Raja” published in the December 2014 issue of In Dance

Karavansaray Dance Company and Bal Anat (Nov 2014)
Press Release (pdf)
Read “Mizmar, Ghawazi and Swords – Oh My! Celebrating Community Through Dance” published in the November 2014 issue of In Dance

Dimensions Dance Theater (Oct 2014)
Press Release (pdf)

Garrett + Moulton Productions (Sep 2014)
Press Release (pdf)
Read “Expanding Possibilities: Garrett and Moulton’s Latest Work Illuminates Borders Between Realms” published in the September 2014 issue of In Dance

Dohee Lee (Aug 2014)
Press Release (pdf)
Read “SPEAK” by Dohee Lee, published in the Jul/Aug 2014 issue of In Dance

A Tribute to Nelson Mandela with performances by Diamano Coura West African Dance Company, Jikelele Dance Theater’s Thamsanqa Hlatywayo & CK Ladzekpo (July 2014)
Press Release (pdf)
Read “Bringing the Message: Naomi Diouf and Diamano Coura West African Dance Company” published in the July/August 2014 of In Dance

La Tania Baile Flamenco (May 2014)
Press Release (pdf)
Read “Nothing to Prove: Talking with Tania of La Tania Baile Flamenco,” published in the May 2014 issue of In Dance
Watch video here.

Tiruchitrambalam School of Dance (April 2014)
Press Release (pdf)
Watch video here

Gamelan Sekar Jaya (March 2014)
Press Release (pdf)
Read “SPEAK” by Emiko Saraswati Susilo, published in the March 2014 issue of In Dance
Watch video here

Pampa Cortés (December 2013)
Press Release (pdf)
Watch video here

Arax Dance (November 2013)
Press Release: (pdf)
Watch video here
Read “Emotional Histories Become Movement: Speaking with Noemi Araxi of Arax Dance,” an article by Rob Taylor, published in the November 2013 issue of In Dance

Ballet Folklórico Costa de Oro (October 2013)
Press Release: (pdf)
Watch video here

Asociación Cultural Kanchis (September  2013)
Press Release: (pdf)
Watch video here
Read “Discussing Peruvian Dance with Miguel Sanchez of Asociación Cultural Kanchis,” an article by Rob Taylor, published in the September 2013 issue of In Dance

Opening of the 2013 San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival with Ballet Folklórico Netzahualcoyotl and Fogo Na Roupa Performing Company
(June 2013)
Press Release: (pdf)
Watch video here
Read “With Their Own Special Flair: Five Mexican Folklórico Companies Perform New Traditional Work,” an article by Rob Taylor, published in the June 2013 issue of  In Dance

Chitresh Das Dance Company (May 2013)
Press Release: (pdf)
Watch video here
Read “A Legacy of Innovation Within Tradition: Talking About Creating New Work with Celine Schein and Rachna Nivas,” an article by Rob Taylor, published in the May 2013 issue of In Dance.

San Francisco Ballet School Trainee Program (April 2013)
Press Release: (pdf)
Watch video here

ODC/Dance (March 2013)
Press Release: (pdf)
Watch video here
Read “Finding Inspiration: ODC Forges New Partnerships,” an article by Mary Ellen Hunt, published in the March 2013 issue of In Dance.

Chris Black (December 2012)
Press Release: (pdf)
Watch video here
Read “Chris Black’s Multigenerational Edition of the Rotunda Dance Series,” an article by Julie Potter, published in the December 2012 issue of In Dance

Los Lupeños de San José (November 2012)
Press Release: (pdf)
Watch video here
Read “From Mexico to California and Back: A Look at Los Lupeños de San José,” an article by Claire F. Meyler, published in the November 2012 issue of In Dance.

SoulForce Dance Company (October 2012)
Press Release: (pdf)
Watch video here
Read “Creating Space for Hip Hop: A Spotlight on Micaya & SoulForce,” an article by Brittany Delany, published in the October 2012 issue of In Dance.

Duniya Dance & Drum Company (September 2012)
Press Release: (pdf)
Watch video here

AXIS Dance Company (August 2012)
Press Release: (pdf)
Watch video here
Read “AXIS’ Scope: What Lies Ahead,” an article by Emmaly Wiederholt, published in the July/August 2012 issue of In Dance.

Lowiczanie Polish Folk Dance Ensemble (May 2012)
Watch video here

San Francisco Ballet School Trainee Program (Apr 2012)
Watch video here

Murphy Irish Dance Company (Mar 2012)
Watch video here
Read “Murphy Irish Dancers: A Family Tradition,” an article by Julia Cost, published in the March 2012 issue of In Dance.

Ensambles Ballet Folklorico de San Francisco (Feb 2012)
Press Release (pdf)
Watch video here
Read “Travel to move: An Interview with Zenón Barrón,” an article by Micaela Nerguizian, published in the January/February issue of In Dance.

Dance Brigade (Dec 2011)
Press Release (pdf)

Gamelan Sekar Jaya (Nov 2011)
Press Release (pdf)
Read “Gamelan Sekar Jaya: Practicing the Art of Community Engagement,” an article by Vivian Chu, published in the November 2011 issue of In Dance.

Grants for the Arts Celebration Grants (Oct 2011)
Watch video: Beach Blanket Babylon; Theatre Flamenco; Na Lei Hulu I Ka Wekiu
Read “Grants for the Arts, On A Mission,” an article by Julie Potter, published in the October 2011 issue of In Dance.

Parangal Dance Company (Aug 2011)
Press Release (pdf)
Watch video: Video 1; Video 2; Video 3
Read “Parangal Passes It On,” an article by Vivian Chu, published in the July issue of In Dance.

Nimely Pan African Dance Company (July 2011)
Press Release (pdf)
Watch video: Video 1; Video 2; Video 3
Read “A Messenger Creating Community: An Interview with Nimely Napla,” an article by Rob Taylor, published in the July 2011 issue of In Dance.

Rumsen Ohlone Tribe’s Humaya Singers & Dancers (June 2011)
Watch video: Video 1; Video 2
Read “Homecoming for the Ohlone: Honoring Tribal Recognition,” an article by Mary Ellen Hunt, published in the June 2011 issue of In Dance.

Hui Tama Nui (May 2011)
Press Release (pdf)
Watch video: Video 1; Video 2; Video 3
Read “A Breath Of Fresh Air: Emerging Within Tradition,” an article by Vivian Chu, published in the May 2011 issue of In Dance

Monique Jenkinson/Fauxnique (Apr 2011)
Press Release (pdf)
Watch video here
Read “The Consummate Conversationalist: An Interview with Monique Jenkinson,” an article by Kegan Marling, published in the April 2011 issue of In Dance.

Halau o Keikiali`i (March 2011)
Press Release (pdf)
Watch video: Video 1; Video 2
Read “Embracing the Past and Guiding Tomorrow,” an article by Mary Ellen Hunt, published in the March 2011 issue of In Dance.

Leung’s White Crane Chinese Lion Dancing (Feb 2011)
Press Release: (pdf)
Watch video here

Joanna Haigood/ZACCHO Dance Theatre (Oct 2010)
Press Release: (pdf)
Read “Sailing Away: Joanna Haigood Choreographs San Francisco History,” an article by Claudia Bauer, published in the October 2010 issue of In Dance.

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