dNaga’s mission is to offer art programming
that cultivates creativity and builds connections.
We can build new pathways to problem-solving
with creative thinking and help heal trauma, interrupt
systemic oppression, and serve as a tool for
liberation. Founded and directed by CLAUDINE
NAGANUMA, dNaga creates work rooted
in the interview process, tackling themes such
as the incarceration of Japanese Americans, racial
profiling, mental health, systemic issues facing our
youth, medication, surgery, and palliative care.
In that vein, dNaga has been offering a Dance for
PD® program in partnership with Danspace since
2007, and includes intergenerational community
members in their performances. dNaga’s
GIRL Project is in residence at EastSide Cultural
Center, offering a multi-disciplinary art and
empowerment program for POC girls since 2014.
The dance company recently performed in Kyoto
and Tokyo at the World Parkinson Congress
(2019), published a book entitled Peace About
Life: Dancing with Parkinson’s, and was included
in Dave Iverson’s documentary Capturing Grace
about dance and Parkinson’s disease. By culling
the wisdom and personal stories of our elders,
we can learn how to better care for ourselves and
develop a better understanding of our world and
our place within it. For more information about
dNaga, please visit dNaga.org.