Episode: passing/through/the great middle

Eastside Cultural Center / February 2-3, 2018
Presented by
EastSide Arts Alliance, NAKA Dance Theater and Deep Waters Dance Theater

we are ritual/procession. we are under/water/ground. we are witness/testifier. we are guided by ocean/salt/words “Are you sure, sweetheart, that you want to be well?… Just so’s you’re sure, sweetheart, and ready to be healed, cause wholeness is no trifling matter.”
The Salt Eaters, Toni Cade Bambara

Made possible with support from Susan Sillins Foundation, Creative Capital, Creative Work Fund, Akonadi Beloved Community Foundation, City of Oakland, Richard C. Munroe Foundation, MAP Fund, Sam Mazza Foundation, Cynthia Moore and Individual Donors.

Episode: The Meaning of Canaries

October 21-22, 2016
Conceived by
Amara Tabor Smith and Ellen Sebastian Chang
Choreographed by Amara Tabor-Smith in collaboration with the performers

This Episode, The Meaning of Canaries, is a dream-like ritual experience inspired by the oracles of Audre Lorde and Octavia Butler, and asks the question, “How do we re/claim our bodies, our homes when we were never meant to survive?”

Tonight is a journey. It is a ritual. In this time when the veil is thin,
There are spirits here with us.
The bird spirits
The spirits of this land’s first people
The spirits of panthers lost
Sisters lost
Daughters lost
And grieving black grandmothers
Who haunt the rooms of their former homes
Their families displaced
Now owned by the new gentry

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Zakiya Harris
Chris Evans
Regina Evans
Shelley Davis Roberts
Erica Wilson
Rami Margron
Aissaade Gabriela Negus
Keisha Turner
Karen Ransom
Nkeiruka Oruche
Amara Tabor-Smith
Sit-al-banat Muktari
Anisah Abdullah
Nesbyth Rieman
Rayla Meshawn
Jasmine Gaines
JahniahOmi Bahari

Tobe Melora Correal
Yvette Aldama

House/Full of Blackwomen

Conceived by Amara Tabor Smith in 2014, House/Full of Blackwomen is a three year multi-site specific performance ritual project, created in a series of EPISODES, that addresses the displacement, well-being and sex-trafficking of black women and girls in Oakland.