NAKA Dance Theater presents
BUSCARTE (Searching for You)
Conceived and performed by José Navarrete and Debby Kajiyama
Voice programming/processing and composition by Adria Otte
Lighting design by José María Francos
OCTOBER 20 AND 21, 8 PM
Joe Goode Annex
499 Alabama Street
If you enter “disappeared” or “desaparecidos” on Google, you will get a list of countries whose people are afflicted by forced exodus or extermination by repressive governments, which breed a network of warlords, drug cartels, death squads and other outlaw by-products of neo-colonial systems. The term “disappeared” can reference an extension of multiple overlapping issues to address migrants and refugees, sex trafficking, exploitation and destruction of the environment, prisons and police brutality.
BUSCARTE (Searching for You) is a multidisciplinary performance that contemplates the forensic anthropology findings in the case of the 43 students from Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers' College who were forcibly disappeared in Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico in 2014. The ongoing search for the students has led to the discovery of other mass graves that reveal the epidemic proportions of the hidden violence. The work contemplates the effect of the trauma of forced disappearance on ever-widening circles in the community.
An inquiry of reality and fiction, experimentation and matter-of-facts, BUSCARTE is an elegy, a cathartic dance, a tapestry of motions and emotions reflective of our collective unconscious, and a quest to make visible that which cannot be looked at directly. BUSCARTE is created in collaboration with composer and sound designer Adria Otte.