Acerca de NAKA Dance Theater
Fundada en 2001, NAKA Dance Theatre crea obras interdisciplinarias a través de la danza, teatro, paisajes sonoros instalación multimedia en sitios específicos. NAKA trabaja con comunidades del área de la bahía de San Francisco en California, incluyendo historias de la gente y su culturas a través de espectáculos accesibles que desafían a los espectadores a pensar críticamente sobre la justicia, los derechos humanos, el medio ambiente, etc. El proceso creativo de NAKA es contemporáneo y experimental y en ese contexto, presenta y apoya trabajos de otros artistas de color particularmente Latinos y Afroamericanos en comunidades marginadas.
Nuestro modus operandi es crear trabajo arraigado en la justicia social que eleve y centre a las comunidades afectadas en primer plano. Algunos ejemplos incluye: El Proyecto Anastasio (2014), un trabajo sobre la discriminación racial y la violencia de estado en comunidades de Tijuana y el este de Oakland; El Proyecto Bayview (2015), trabajamos con jóvenes de alto riesgo en Bayview/Hunter’s Point, comunidad de San Francisco marginada por violencia callejera, drogas and desplazamiento; RACE: Historias del Tenderloin (2016), donde trabajamos con residentes del Tenderloin SRO Hoteles, familias e individuos que vivían en las calles de la ciudad y que se reintegran a través de un proyecto social del condado de San Francisco.
NAKA se ha asociado con el centro Cultural EastSide Arts Alliance de Oakland para implementar una iniciativa llamada Artes Vivas en Resistencia (LAIR). LAIR es una serie de festivales, residencias para artistas y juntas con comunidades locales para profundizar la problemática de la inequidad racial y sus efectos sobre el proceso artístico y la apreciación del arte por las comunidades inmediatas. Los eventos incluyen danza, teatro, poesía y espectáculos interdisciplinarios que se realizan en el centro cultural EastSide. Nuestra meta es crear un lugar donde artistas de color, audiencia y residentes locales puedan entablar un diálogo significativo sobre el trabajo artístico experimental y social. Los artistas pueden reflexionar sobre sus procesos creativos y lo que motiva e informa la estética y ética, descolonizando nuestro proceso creativo. El trabajo de NAKA ha sido presentado por el Centro Yerba Buena para las Artes, el Teatro Festival de Artes Queer, Investigación de Movimiento en la Iglesia Judson (NYC), el Yerba Buena Festival de coreógrafos, Universidad Estatal de California East Bay, la Serie de Centros Culturales de las Islas del Pacífico Asiático, el Museo de Oakland, el Museo de Arte Asiático de San Francisco y anualmente presenta proyectos interdisciplinarios en el centro cultural de EastSide Arts Alliance.
NAKA ha recibido apoyo económico de estas fundaciones: Map Fund, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Zellerbach Family Foundation, San Francisco Arts Commission, Kenneth Rainin Foundation, California Arts Council, East Bay Community Foundation, The Open Circle Foundation, The Center for Cultural Innovation, Theatre Bay Area’s CA$H Grant, The Akonadi Foundation y the California Shakespeare Theater’s Triangle Lab.
Debby Kajiyama, co-directora de NAKA Dance Theater, es nativa del Area de la Bahía de San Francisco, California. Ha trabajado profesionalmente desde 1994 con varias compañías de danza como Dandelion Dance Theater, Dance Brigade, Anne Bluethenthal & Dancers, y Somei Yoshino Taiko Ensemble. Los intereses artísticos de Debby radican en la intersección movimiento sociales y arte contemporáneo. Ella ha estado en residencia en el programa de artistas de Djerassi con el apoyo de una beca de la Fundación Comunitaria Silicon Valley y fue becaria de la fundación Irvine en Montalvo Arts Center. En 2013, fue becada por Alliance for California Traditional Arts Apprenticeship para estudiar tsuzumi y taiko con Hiroyuki "Jimi" Nakagawa.
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Steven Sanchez (multimedia, documentarian) is a Chicanx activist-filmmaker who is dedicated to supporting social justice movements and building stronger communities through cultural work. While working at the Echo Park Film Center in Los Angeles they led animation and documentary filmmaking workshops with local Raza youth. In Oakland, they have worked with a number of social justice organizations to produce videos that strategically benefitted their campaigns. Steven currently works at Eastside Arts Alliance where they document events, manage a digital archive, produce video curriculum, and create politically conscious short films. In conjunction with NAKA Dance Theater's The Anastasio Project (2014-2015), Steven shot and edited documentary videos about the community's experience with state brutality. They were also responsible for creating large-scale animation and video for the Anastasio Project and mentored aspiring filmmakers as part of the project. Steven has also collaborated with performance artist Dohee Lee.
Adria Otte is a composer, multi-instrumentalist and sound designer whose musical practice began with classical violin studies, continued as an electric guitarist in rock bands, expanded with free improvisation, electronics and traditional Korean drumming, and currently integrates all of the above. She recently received an MFA in Electronic Music and Recording Media from Mills College and her current projects include sound design for dance, theater and video, and the electro-acoustic duo, OMMO.
David Molina is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, sound designer, music producer, and recording engineer. He has created music and soundscapes for theatre, video, film, dance, performance art, radio, television, installation, and multimedia productions for the past 20 years. His work in theater has allowed him to collaborate with companies across the country, and garnered him many awards, including an LA Ovation in sound design for Lydia, at the Mark Taper Forum (2009), and a Creative Capital Grant (2009) with his interdisciplinary troupe Secos Y Mojados. He frequently provides music for video installations by Cause Collective. In 2010 he began inventing instruments and interactive sound sculptures which are displayed at galleries and festivals, including a solo exhibit Transience: The Work of David Molina, at Asterisk Gallery SF (2013), and The McLoughlin Gallery (2015). As a musician he has performed throughout North and South America and his recorded music has been presented in Europe and Japan. He performs with Idris Ackamoor and The Pyramids, and as Ackamoor/Molina Duo. The later has been commissioned by Gilles Peterson to create a new piece for the upcoming album "Havana Club Rumba Sessions-Remixed" . Molina's music and bands: Ghosts and Strings, Transient, and Impuritan are available on Resting Bell (Berlin,) Dorog Records (Peru,) Black Note Music (USA,) Distant Spore (USA,) or through his own D.I.Y. releases. www.drmsound.com
Scott Tsuchitani is a visual and media artist and doctoral candidate in cultural studies at the University of California at Davis. More information at
Emelia Martínez Brumbaugh honors and hones the unknown for choreography of a more just reality. They meld critical inquiry & strategic thinking with play & ritual in their creative practice as a coach/consultant and project manager. They have supported several liberatory projects and organizations throughout the San Francisco Bay Area including Physical Intelligence, Eye Zen Presents and Fierce Allies. Their commitment to creating platforms where creative practice and social renewal meet extends to their work as an educator, currently being contracted through LEAP: Arts in Education; a performer, their ongoing solo work, The Mouth, has been shown at Pro Arts Gallery, Temescal Arts Center (TAC), and will premier in new form this Fall at SAFEHouse Arts; and a creative collaborator, dancing with LXS DXS, a collective of 6 emerging artists from distinct diasporic heritages healing lineages in community, in movement, and in queer conspiracy.
José María Francos (lighting designer) has designed for opera, ballet and theater, including the Oakland Opera, Oakland Ballet, The Wallflower Order, the Dance Brigade, June Watanabe In Company, Ellen Bromberg Ensemble, Joanna Haigood’s Zaccho Dance Theater, Robert Moses’ KIN, Dohee Lee Performance Projects, Amara Tabor Smith and Navarrete x Kajiyama Dance Theater. He has received two Lighting Artist for Dance grants from Dancer's Group. He is also the Technical Director for Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.
Kevin O’Connor is a multidisciplinary artist working as a choreographer, dancer, improviser, circus artist and installation artist from Ontario, Canada and now based in the Bay area. He is involved in a decade long artistic collective exploring participatory de-colonizing performances within polluted watersheds in Ontario. Over the last few years he has worked with NAKA, Shakiri and Skywatchers in the San Francisco Bay Area, Oncogrrrls feminist art collective in Spain, and collaborated with Inuit hunter and designer Paulette Metuq on a project in Nunavut in the Canadian Arctic. He has been learning with the axis syllabus community for over a decade and is a biodynamic cranial sacral practitioner. His current research examines anatomies, body performance capacities, interventions and imaginations in relation to science studies, including the becoming bio-capital, on fascia
Simone Nalls (performer-collaborator) has a BA in Africana Studies from San Francisco State University. She was born in San Francisco and raised in Oakland. Simone has worked at EastSide Cultural Center, where she was once a student, facilitating E.Y.G. (EastSide's Young Guards), a youth leadership program with a focus on social justice, police brutality, and third world influences. She is currently a graduate student at NYU studying Mental Health.
Hector Torres (performer-collaborator) is a student at the College of San Mateo, studying Multimedia & Film. He was an artist in Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Young Artists at Work program from 2010-2012. He is a native of San Francisco’s Mission District and works as a gardener and landscaper with the Garden Project in the County Jail. He recently made his theatrical debut in Campo Santo’s “Nogales” at the Magic Theater.
Michael Turner (performer-collaborator) lives in San Francisco’s Bayview District. He was an artist in Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Young Artists at Work program from 2009-2012. He enjoys performance, but sees visual art as his real love. Michael has been editing games and creating animation. He is currently a student at the College of San Mateo studying Graphic Design. He thanks his previous art mentors, who have inspired him to want to continue to be exposed to all kinds of art.
Ian Winters (Media artist, Isadora programming) is an award-winning video and media artist working at the intersection of performance and time-based visual media to explore the relationships between physicality, technology, and place. He studied video & performance at SMFA-Boston and Tufts University, with post-graduate training in architecture and dance. Recent awards include 2016 atlantic center master artist awards, 2013 residencies at Djerassi, Earthdance, Nexmap/CNM, 2013 ISEA-Sydney, ISEA 2014, a 2012 Leonardo LASER presenter, the 2012 and 2014 LAD prize for video design, 2012-3 Isadora Duncan Award nominations for best visual design along with funding from Zellerbach, Rainin Foundation, Clorox, Meet the Composer, CCI and others. He also serves as the co-curator of Richmond’s MilkBar.