The Anastasio Project is a multidisciplinary, roving public performance work that kickstarts an investigation of racial profiling, state brutality, and border violence using the story of Anastasio Hernandez-Rojas as a point of departure. Anastasio Hernandez-Rojas was a Mexican national who was detained at the US-Mexico border in May 2010, and subsequently killed by a dozen border patrol agents. To this day, none of the border patrol agents have been held accountable.
By performing the stories of Hernandez-Rojas and others, we invoke memories of shared, deep-rooted pain of historic and ongoing state-sanctioned injustices and violence that wrack our Brown and Black communities. We intend to inspire dialogue, unity, solidarity, and community action.
The Anastasio Project is a collaboration with Eastside Arts Alliance.
This project is made possible by The MAP Fund, supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; William & Flora Hewlett Foundation; City of Oakland Cultural Funding; The Kenneth Rainin Foundation; The East Bay Community Foundation's East Bay Fund for Artists; The Open Circle Foundation; the Center for Cultural Innovation Investing in Artists Grant; EastSide Arts Alliance; Theatre Bay Area’s CA$H Grant; the Zellerbach Family Foundation; the Akonadi Foundation; the Della Davidson Prize; the California Arts Council Creating Places of Vitality Grant, The Triangle Lab, and many generous individual donors.
Conceived & Directed by Navarrete x Kajiyama Dance Theater (NAKA): José Navarrete & Debby Kajiyama
Produced by NAKA and Susanne Takehara / EastSide Arts Alliance
Created in collaboration with performers: K.E.V, Da’Juan Carter-Woodard, Simone Nalls, Patricia Barajas, José Navarrete, Guisela Mishel Ramos, Tane Madrigal, Hector Torres, Michael Turner, Jr., Leslie Lopez
Stories, poetry, and song: Michael Turner, Jr., Guisela Mishel Ramos, Tane Madrigal, Hector Torres, K.E.V., Da’Juan Carter-Woodard, Ghetto Prophet (GP), Maria Puga, Bertha Gutierrez, Debby Kajiyama
Music: David Molina
Animation & Documentary Film: Steven Sanchez
Multimedia & Isadora programming: Ian Winters
Trike design, construction and painting: Ian Winters, Agustín Barajas, and Kallan Nishimoto
Lighting Design: José Maria Francos & Ian Winters
Racial Equity Consultant: Tammy Johnson
NAKA Dance Theater Investigates Violence and State Brutality on the Streets of Oakland
by Marco Villalobos, KQED Arts Blog, September 2014
A Roving Elegy by Marvin K. White, In Dance, September 2014
Violence Without Borders by Zaineb Mohammed, East Bay Express, August 2014