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LIVE ARTS

IN RESISTANCE

LAIR is a multidisciplinary performing arts project where artists and audience members can engage in a meaningful dialogue about innovative ideas and experimental work, where artists can reflect on the process of creating progressive art and revolutionary movements while redefining aesthetics and ethics that will decolonize our minds.

For more information visit http://nkdancetheater.com/lair-1/

EastSide Arts Alliance y NAKA Dance Theater presenta...

Acto De Memoria
1ra Brigada Internacional de búsqueda
call to action / La convocatoria

TUESDAY / MARTES, OCTOBER 26th

6 pm Pacific Time -- 8 pm tiempo de CDMX

Online event

 

Acto de Memoria pone en presente la inmensa escalada de personas desaparecidas en México y la fuerza de las luchas de miles de familias por encontrar a sus seres queridos. Una Serie de charlas virtuales y acciones públicas con colectivos de familias buscando a sus familiares que desaparecen en el espacio del tránsito migratorio en la frontera de México/Estados Unidos.

El enfoque de esta serie es una colaboración con la primera brigada Internacional de Busqueda, compuesta por colectivos de Baja California: Armadillos: Ni un Immgrante Menos, Buscadoras de la Paz, Madres Unidas y Fuertes, Siguiendo tus pasos,
Armadillos México, Una nación buscando T, y Familias Recuperando Tesoros. estos colectivos se unen con gran fuerza con las familias de migrantes que desaparecen en el espacio de un tránsito migratorio hasta encontrarles, Porque #NoSomosNadiePeroSomosTodos #AbriendoFronteras

 

Acto de Memoria pone en presente la inmensa escalada de personas desaparecidas en México y la fuerza de las luchas de miles de familias por encontrar a sus seres queridos. Una Serie de charlas virtuales y acciones públicas con colectivos de familias buscando a sus familiares que desaparecen en el espacio del tránsito migratorio en la frontera de México/Estados Unidos.

PRIMERA BRIGADA INTERNACIONAL DE BÚSQUEDA
Por este medio pedimos atención para extenderles una invitación a la reunión vía ZOOM que se llevará a cabo este martes 26 de Octubre a las 18 hrs. Pacific Time (20hrs. CDMX). El motivo es compartirles e invitarles a la 1ra. Brigada Internacional de Búsqueda que por esta ocasión se llevará a cabo en ambos lados de la frontera de Baja California y Sonora del 18 de Febrero al 4 de Marzo del 2022.

Los distintos colectivos hemos realizado ya tres Brigadas Estatales en Baja California (y está por iniciar otra en Sonora en noviembre próximo) en donde encontramos, con ayuda de instituciones aliadas y personas solidarias, a personas de diferentes partes del mundo, pues sabemos que estos estados son lugares de alto tránsito migratorio. Es por eso que, desde la colectividad hemos involucrando a más participantes y decidimos impulsar una brigada más grande cuyo enfoque principal es buscar a las personas migrantes que pasan por este territorio.

Realizaremos búsqueda en vida y búsqueda en campo, y deseamos que con tu apoyo y el esfuerzo articulado de los colectivos y voluntarios ayudemos a más familiares a reencontrarse y a cerrar el proceso de búsqueda de su familiar.

Pedimos de su ayuda pues sabemos que la única forma en que podemos avanzar y propiciar estos encuentros es caminando todos juntos, cada uno desde lo que sabemos y podemos compartir.

Sin más por el momento, y esperando nos encontremos en este camino con todas las esperanzas y fuerzas puestas dejamos la invitación y agradeceremos si nos envías un correo electrónico en la dirección aquí adjunta para confirmar tu presencia y enviarte por ese medio el link de la reunión. También dejamos unos links donde podrás seguirla en vivo y compartirla a quien consideres.

Saludos solidarios.
BrigadaInternacionalMX@gmail.com
www.brigadainternacionalmx.com
https://www.facebook.com/brigadainternacionaldebu.../videos/

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LAIR (LiveArts In Resistance) Virtual 2021
EastSide Arts Alliance and NAKA Dance Theater Present:

Memory Act / Acto de Memoria
1st International Search Brigade
Call to action / The call

Tuesday / Tuesday, October 26th
6 pm Pacific Time - 8 pm CDMX time

Follow us here
https://www.facebook.com/brigadainternacionaldebu.../videos/

Act of Memory / Acto de Memoria, brings to mind the immense escalation of missing people in Mexico and the strength of the struggles of thousands of families to find their loved ones. A series of virtual talks and public actions with family collectives looking for their relatives who disappeared in the migratory transit of the border of Mexico / United States.

The focus of this serie is a collaboration with the first International Search Brigade, made up of collectives from Baja California: Armadillos: Armadillos: Ni un Immgrante Menos, Buscadoras de la Paz, Madres Unidas y Fuertes, Siguiendo tus pasos,
Armadillos México, Una nación buscando T, y Familias Recuperando Tesoros,
These collectives join forces with the families of migrants who disappear in the space of a migratory transit. Until we find them, because (we are none but we are everybody, opening borders) #NoSomosNadiePeroSomosTodos #AbriendoFronteras

FIRST INTERNATIONAL SEARCH BRIGADE
We hereby ask your attention to extend an invitation to the meeting via ZOOM that will take place this Tuesday, October 26 at 6:00 p.m. Pacific Time (20hrs. CDMX). The reason is to personally invite you to the 1st. International Search Brigade that this time will be carried out on both sides: of the Baja California and Sonora border from February 18 to March 4, 2022.

These collectives have already carried out three State Brigades in Baja California (and another one is about to start in Sonora next November) where we find, with the help of allied institutions and supportive people, people from different parts of the world a deep solidarity, as well as we know that these states take place high migratory traffic. That is the reason, we have involved more participants and decided to promote a larger brigade whose main focus is to search for migrants who pass through this territory.

We will carry out a search in life and a search in the field, and we hope that with your support and the articulated effort of the collectives and volunteers we will help more family members to find each other again and to close the search process for their relatives.

We ask for your help because we know that the only way we can advance and promote this brigade is by walking together. Without further ado for the moment, we leave open the invitation and It will be grateful if you send us an email at the address attached below to confirm your presence and send you the zoom meeting link. Also attached some links where you can follow us on social media and please help us to share with whoever you consider.

In Solidarity.

BrigadaInternacionalMX@gmail.com
www.brigadainternacionalmx.com
https://www.facebook.com/brigadainternacionaldebu.../videos/

EastSide Arts Alliance and NAKA Dance Theater present...

Power + Imagination + Latinidad + Indigeneidad

Artists vs nat’l / Int’l State Terrorism

TUESDAY, AUGUST 31

11AM PST  

Online event

 

Oakland <=> Rio de Janeiro

KEV Akhidenor
Hugo Oliveira
Raull Santiago
Cosme Vinicius Felippsen

Experimental charlas una mezcla de conversatorios virtuales, sobre historia, arte, feminismo, comunidad y autodeterminación – Conversations about history, art, feminism, community and self-determination. 

Artists and thinkers present excerpts from their literary and artistic work to discuss how their practice is woven into the power of the community.

 

Hugo Oliveira is a native of Morro da Providência, dance artist, educator, researcher, cultural manager and doctoral student in Social Communication at UERJ, with a theme on Passinho Foda in the cut between youth, social networks, art and city. He is a multifaceted professional, active in socio-cultural actions, which gave him experience in institutions such as Instituto Pereira Passos - IPP, ONU-Habitat - in the UPP Social/Rio+Social programs, State Secretariat of Culture - Superintendency of Culture and Territory (Favela Criativa program), in the NGOs Redes da Maré - dance workshops, GRES Portela - A gente quer Arte project, CIEDS - Projeto Bairro Educador and IDEBRA - Professional Training Courses in Urban Dance, and private companies: Atento, Escala Events and Firjan (Rio à Porter and Fashion Business), Rede Globo (Caldeirão do Huck), in the management of projects and programs focused on education, dance, youth, favela and social development. He has carried out international artistic exchanges with young dancers from Rio de Janeiro's favelas in relations with institutions in Switzerland (Passin'House Project), the United States (Ocupancy Desmistifique sua Dança) and Denmark (Detour Urban Dance Festival). He is also the creator of the collective Bonde do Jack, of Providência Gallery, one of the coordinators of the Marielle Franco Pre-College and of the SOS Providência Emergency Committee. He is the pedagogical strategist of O Desafio do Passinho and in his last professional experience he worked as Education Manager at the Museum of Art of Rio.

Raull Santiago was appointed as one of the 50 most creative professionals in Brazil in 2020 by the Wired Brazil Festival. He is a social communicator, documentary producer, cultural producer, human rights activist, for the climate, negritudes and favela life. He worked for two years at Globo News channel, producing documentaries about culture and peripheral entrepreneurship in Brazil. He is founder and member of the collectives Papo Reto Movimentos, Perifa Connection, Favela & ODS and is part of the Assembly of Members of Amnesty International Brazil. He is a researcher in drug policy at the Center for Studies on Security and Citizenship at Cândido Mendes University. He is an ambassador of the Identities of Brazil Institute for Racial Equality. He is a member of the global network of Human Rights Defenders - Front Line Defenders. Creator of Intercâmbios Latinos, a project that connects independent journalists from Brazil to Latin America, in reading about public security and human rights. He has traveled to several countries around the world giving workshops and seeking to understand how the most vulnerable populations were dealing with and creating strategies in the face of the reality of rights violations in the areas where they live, but also giving lectures, training, and working in partnership with Universities, ONGs, activist groups, and social movements, building an international network focused on ending violence and inequality, discussing public security, confronting racism, guaranteeing human rights, memory, and life. He lives in Complexo do Alemão and in 2020 he was part of the Complexo do Alemão Crisis Cabinet for humanitarian aid in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. He has already spoken in two TEDx and in 2021 he became consultant of the brand Tônica Antarctica in Brazil and ambassador of the Reserva brand in the country.

Cosme Vinicius Felippsen, born and raised in the first Favela in Brazil, 31 years old, father of Samuel and Ana, tourism guide, international lecturer on housing and human rights. Lectured in New York in 2013 invited by the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation at the Urban Convergence Conference. Worked in 2014 in Rio+Social as a field agent hired by UN-Habitat. Creator of Rolé dos Favelados. The Rolé is a tour made and led by faveladas and favelados. It has already happened in many places like: Morro da Providência, Zona Portuária / Pequena África & Herança Africana, Maré, Rocinha, Alemāo, Salvador - BA among other places. In Providência alone there have been more than 7 thousand visitors.
He is also part of the SOS Providência emergency committee as one of the 4 coordinators. With SOS we have distributed thousands of basic food baskets and other necessary materials in times of pandemic.
With Rolé and SOS I lead the project "A gas for the women of Providence" which is giving assistance to almost 200 women who need gas in the first Favela. President Pastor of the Church of Esperança.

 

KEV Akhidenor
Facilitator 

 

If the pen is mightier than the sword K.E.V.’s pen is called Excalibur. This Oakland born Nigerian emcee commands international stages with the authoritative manner of Malcolm X and the grace of Lao Tzu. Inspired by Hip-Hop’s golden age, K.E.V. penns his rhymes with a degree of integrity demanded by the art form’s vanguard. K.E.V. began rhyming his way up the ranks in the late 90’s after several years old taking Hip-Hop in. His indulgence into that era’s prevalent artists such as KRS-1, The Roots and Nas assisted KEV in chiseling himself into a high caliber, incendiary emcee. With this trait K.E.V. or Kicking Every Verse quickly became admired by peers, competitors and die hard fans of hip-hop across the world.

Join us here 

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EastSide Arts Alliance and NAKA Dance Theater present...

Power + Imagination + Latinidad + Indigeneidad

Rapera, zapoteca, feminista, migrante

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7

7PM PST  

Online event

Mare Advertencia 

Muxe, poeta, artista performero, antropologo 
Lukas Avedaño

 

Experimental charlas una mezcla de conversatorios virtuales, sobre historia, arte, feminismo, comunidad y autodeterminación – Conversations about history, art, feminism, community and self-determination. 

Artists and thinkers present excerpts from their literary and artistic work to discuss how their practice is woven into the power of the community. 

Rapera, zapoteca, feminista, migrante

Mare Advertencia es una rapera nacida en la ciudad de Oaxaca. Es zapoteca, feminista, migrante y se dedica a la música de manera independiente desde 2003. Con 17 años de trayectoria Mare se ha presentado en toda la República Mexicana, distintos países de América y algunos del continente europeo, ha sido incluida en diferentes compilados de música feminista y en 2013 recibió el reconocimiento María Sabina, otorgado por el Instituto de la Mujer Oaxaqueña, por su labor a favor de la reivindicación de los derechos de la mujer a través de la música. Entre sus últimos proyectos se encuentran canciones como “¿Y Tú Qué Esperas?” (2020), “SE BUSCA” y “Qué mujer” (2021), canciones que destacan por rimas que cuestionan al sistema y el tratamiento de temas incómodos como el feminicidio, la desigualdad social, la reivindicación de los pueblos originarios, la segregación racial y la desaparición forzada. Recientemente colaboró con Natalia Lafourcade y Rubén Blades en una nueva versión de la canción “Tú sí sabes quererme”, que formará parte del álbum de Lafourcade: Un Canto por México Vol. II. 

Muxe, poeta, artista performero, antropologo
Lukas Avendaño miembro del Sistema Nacional de Creadores de Arte, uno de los máximos reconocimientos que México otorga a sus artistas. A Lukas se le reconoce su aportación a la escena mexicana en los temas de etnicidad, género, sexualidad y los Derechos Humanos. Su obra coreográfica que él llama “antropología aplicada a la escenificación” se ha presentado en más de 25 festivales internacionales en el extranjero, así como en las principales universidades de México; su obra inaugura espacios de reflexión y epistemologías no hegemónicas desde nomenclaturas como “el emperramiento”, “arqueología de la memoria”, “Instalación para Cuerpo Humano” y/o performatividad de la cotidianidad”.

 

Credits:
Mare Advertencia, foto por Caro Campobello
Lucas Avendaño, foto por Mario Patiño 

Join us here 

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EastSide Arts Alliance and NAKA Dance Theater present...

Power + Imagination + Latinidad + Indigeneidad

TUESDAY, AUGUST 17

7PM PST  

Online event

Experimental charlas una mezcla de conversatorios virtuales, sobre historia, arte, feminismo, comunidad  y autodeterminación – Conversations about history, art, feminism, community and self-determination. Artists and community cultural thinkers present excerpts from their literary and artistic work to discuss how their practice is woven into the power of the community.

Chhoti MAA – Rapera, Trabajadora Cultural, Maestra y Artista

Sergio Arroyo – RAZA Studies Maestro, Cultural Worker, Danzante

Vanessa Sánchez – Chicana Movement Artist y Directora de la Mezcla

Join us here 

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Rapera, Trabajadora Cultural, Maestra y Artista

Chhoti Maa was born in Guanajuato, Mexico. She is a migrant, cultural producer, educator and organizer based in Huichin, Oakland, California. Chhoti started making music in 2007 in Richmond, VA. Since then, Chhoti Maa has performed, collaborated and taught in Peru, Puerto Rico, China, US, Cuba, Spain, Qatar, U.A.E., Ghana, Sweden, Canada, Mexico and multiple Indigenous nations.  Their music is rooted in hip hop, neufolk, r&b, cumbia and oral tradition. It is bilingual, transgenre feels about decolonial living, red medicine, queerness, migrant empowerment, indigeneity, love, pain and radical sisterhood.  The latest project Caldo de Hueso was released in 2019 with the support of Women’s Audio Mission and Joyful Noise. The album was co-produced with long time collaborators beto guapoflaco & Keith Avelino Hernandez. It featured artists like Howard Wiley, Kymberly Jackson, Carlo Ignacio, Ivan “el acordionista” Flores, Gera Omar Marin, Verenice Portela and Chhoti’s grandma. It was mixed and mastered by Victoria Fajardo, Kelley Coyne and Jessica Thompson. Caldo de Hueso is available for purchase on bandcamp in these formats: vinyl, cd and digital. Chhoti Maa is currently working on their third album with the support of Zoo Labs. The project will be released in 2021

RAZA Studies Maestro, Cultural Worker, Danzante

Sergio Arroyo, son of immigrant parents, was born in San Francisco and has lived and worked in the Oakland community for over 20 years. Sergio began organizing for educational and social justice issues at the age of 15.  He Co-Founded the Raza Leadership Program in 2000 at the Spanish Speaking Citizens’ Foundation in an effort to address the under-representation of Raza (Latinx) youth in community leadership programs across Oakland.  The program was centered on Raza history and civic engagement. His work to give voice and knowledge to young people set him on a path in education and has been teaching Raza Studies across OUSD schools since 2007.  Sergio is currently a teacher at MetWest High school and has collaborated with the school district as a contractor with the OUSD Department of Equity, Latino Student Achievement Task Force, and the OUSD Sanctuary Task force providing educational training to adults working with Oakland youth.

Chicana Movement Artist y Directora de la Mezcla

Vanessa Sanchez is a Chicana-Native dancer, choreographer and educator who focuses on community arts and traditional dance forms to emphasize voices and experiences of Latina, Chicana, and Indigenous womxn and youth. Based in San Francisco, she is a 2019 Dance/USA Artist Fellow, a recipient of the 2019 New England Foundation for the Arts National Dance Production Grant and holds a BA from SFSU. Sanchez is the founding Artistic Director of La Mezcla, a rhythmic ensemble of womxn of color that explores historical narratives and challenges social injustice through tap dance, Mexican zapateado and Afro-Caribbean rhythms. Her production “Pachuquísmo,” an all-female tap dance and Son Jarocho performance about the 1943 Zoot Suit Riots, received the Isadora Duncan Award for Outstanding Production and will tour through 2022. Sanchez works to ensure accessibility to quality arts training and performances while teaching and mentoring youth and young adults of color. She created the program "Connecting Communities with Funders," a free series that connects Bay Area-based BIPOC, culturally-based dancers and artists with grant organizations, and continues to engage with the community through on-site performances and workshops. Sanchez received the Hewlett 50 Arts Commission grant for her upcoming work “Ghostly Labor,” a percussive piece that explores the legacies of female labor in the US-Mexico Borderlands, set to premiere in 2023. She is currently a Dance Lecturer at UC Santa Cruz and an artist in residence at Brava Theater.

EastSide Arts Alliance, NAKA Dance Theater and Búsqueda De Familiares "Regresando A Casa" A.C. Morelos, México present:

Acto de Memoria (Act of Memory) 

aIN PERSON:: East 12th Street and 23rd Avenue

 

Para Español, desplazarse hacia abajo

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Acto de Memoria  / Act of Memory

All events are free of charge!! Spanish <->English translation provided. 

 

Acto de Memoria  (July 2021) is a series of virtual talks, and an art installation that shines a light on the phenomena of forced disappearance in Mexico and how it intertwines with gun smuggling, sex trafficking and the drug market in the US. The focus of this series is a partnership with Regresando a Casa, a grassroots organization of women from Morelos, Mexico, whose family members have been forcibly disappeared. After realizing that Mexican government was doing very little to solve this problem, Regresando a Casa created a national network of mainly women to take the lead in the search for their loved ones. 


IN PERSON - July to August - Public Art Exhibition from Families of Regresando a Casa on the fences of EastSide Arts Alliance’s Garage Lot and on the windows of the EastSide Cultural Center. 

This exhibit is a collection of panels with embroidered text and images of family members who have been forcibly disappeared. These panels will be exhibited on the fence of the EastSide Garage Lot, at the corner of East 12th Street and 23rd Avenue in East Oakland and on the windows of the EastSide Cultural Center.

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Acto de Memoria (Julio 2021) es una serie de charlas virtuales y una instalación de arte que arroja luz sobre el fenómeno de la desaparición forzada en México y cómo esto se entrelaza con el contrabando de armas, el tráfico de tratas y el mercado de drogas en Estados Unidos. El enfoque de esta serie es una asociación con Regresando a Casa, una organización de base de mujeres de Morelos, México, cuyos familiares han sido desaparecidos por la fuerza. Luego de darse cuenta de que el gobierno mexicano ha hecho muy poco para resolver este fenómeno, Ellas han creado una red nacional de mujeres principalmente para tomar el liderazgo en el proceso de búsqueda de sus seres queridos.

¡Todos los eventos son gratuitos! Se proporciona interpretación Español <—> Inglés.

EastSide Arts Alliance, NAKA Dance Theater and Búsqueda De Familiares "Regresando A Casa" A.C. Morelos, México present:

BRIGADAS DE BÚSQUEDA/ Search Brigades in Mexico: Discussion

TUESDAY, JULY 26, 2021

6-7PM PST

Facebook Live

Para Español, desplazarse hacia abajo

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BRIGADAS DE BÚSQUEDA: En búsqueda de cuerpos, memoria, justicia y dignidad. 
 

A virtual discussion with key members of the “Brigadas de Busqueda,” (Search Brigades) who have become experts in the field as they search for their own family members.

 

Join us here
https://www.facebook.com/EastSideArtsAlliance/videos/...

 

This event is free of charge!! Spanish <->English translation provided. 

Brigadas de Busqueda is part of Acto de Memoria (July 2021) a series of virtual talks, and an art installation that shades light to the phenomena of forced disappearance in Mexico and how this is intertwine with gun smuggling, sex trafficking and the drug market in the USA. The focus of this series is a partnership with Regresando a Casa, a grassroots organization of women from Morelos, Mexico, whose family members have been forcibly disappeared. After realizing that the Mexican governments have done very little to solve this phenomena, they have created a national network of mainly women to take leadership in the process of searching for their loved ones. 

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Español

EastSide Arts Alliance, NAKA Dance Theater y Búsqueda De Familiares "Regresando A Casa" A.C. Morelos, México presentan:

Foro de discusión / Brigadas de búsqueda 

Martes, 27 de julio, de 6 a 7 pm PT 


BRIGADAS DE BÚSQUEDA: En búsqueda de cuerpos, memoria, justicia y dignidad.
Un debate virtual con miembros claves de las Brigadas de Búsqueda, estos se han convertido en expertos en el campo de búsqueda de sus familiares.

Enlace aquí
https://www.facebook.com/EastSideArtsAlliance/videos/...

¡¡Este evento es gratis!! Se proporciona traducción español <-> inglés.

EastSide Arts Alliance, NAKA Dance Theater and Búsqueda De Familiares "Regresando A Casa" A.C. Morelos, México present:

Opening Reception for Acto de Memoria Exhibit

TUESDAY, JULY 20, 2021

6-7 PM PST

Facebook Live

Para Español, desplazarse hacia abajo

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Families of Regresando A Casa Morelos. A virtual conversation with the collective and their upcoming actions and programs. 

 

Join us here
https://www.facebook.com/EastSideArtsAlliance/videos/...

 

This event is free of charge!! Spanish <->English translation provided. 

 

Acto de Memoria (July 2021) is a series of virtual talks, and an art installation that shades light to the phenomena of forced disappearance in Mexico and how this is intertwine with gun smuggling, sex trafficking and the drug market in the USA. The focus of this series is a partnership with Regresando a Casa, a grassroots organization of women from Morelos, Mexico, whose family members have been forcibly disappeared. After realizing that the Mexican governments have done very little to solve this phenomena, they have created a national network of mainly women to take leadership in the process of searching for their loved ones. 

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Español

EastSide Arts Alliance, NAKA Dance Theater y Búsqueda De Familiares "Regresando A Casa" A.C. Morelos, México presentan:

Recepción de la exhibición Acto de Memoria
Martes, 20 de julio, de 6 a 7 pm hora del Pacífico -

Families de Regresando A Casa, Morelos. Una conversación virtual con el colectivo y sus próximas acciones y programas.

 

Enlace aquí
https://www.facebook.com/EastSideArtsAlliance/videos/...

 

Acto de Memoria (Julio 2021) es una serie de charlas virtuales y una instalación de arte que arroja luz sobre el fenómeno de la desaparición forzada en México y cómo esto se entrelaza con el contrabando de armas, el tráfico de tratas y el mercado de drogas en Estados Unidos. El enfoque de esta serie es una asociación con Regresando a Casa, una organización de base de mujeres de Morelos, México, cuyos familiares han sido desaparecidos por la fuerza. Luego de darse cuenta de que el gobierno mexicano ha hecho muy poco para resolver este fenómeno, Ellas han creado una red nacional de mujeres principalmente para tomar el liderazgo en el proceso de búsqueda de sus seres queridos.

¡Todos los eventos son gratuitos! Se proporciona interpretación Español <—> Inglés.

EastSide Arts Alliance and NAKA Dance Theater Present:

LAIR Jazz on Wheels / Fusion Band

SATURDAY, JULY 17, 2021

12 PM PST

EastSide Garage Lot (23rd Ave at the corner of East 12th Street)

Jazz on Wheels is a roving concert that will bring the magic of jazz to the neighborhoods of deep East Oakland.

Featuring: Elandis Brooks, Joshua Grayson, Jordan Davis, Ken Burton and Omi Bahari = Fusion Band.  

Jazz on Wheels will start at noon with stops at:

EastSide Arts Alliance, NAKA Dance Theater and Búsqueda De Familiares "Regresando A Casa" A.C. Morelos, México present:

Volverte a Ver (To See You Again) Film Screening

TUESDAY, JULY 13, 2021

6-8:30pm PST

Online Film Screening

Para Español, desplazarse hacia abajo

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Volverte a Ver is a documentary film that tells the story of forced disappearance in Mexico through the specific story of mass graves discovered in the state of Morelos, Mexico in 2014. The story begins to shed light on a tragedy that is still shrouded in mystery today.

Q&A with the director Carolina Corral Paredes and family members of Regresando a Casa.

See trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOEBQO6Vmkk

 

Join us here
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This event is free of charge!! Spanish <->English translation provided. 

 

Volverte a Ver is part of Acto de Memoria (July 2021) a series of virtual talks, and an art installation that shades light to the phenomena of forced disappearance in Mexico and how this is intertwine with gun smuggling, sex trafficking and the drug market in the USA. The focus of this series is a partnership with Regresando a Casa, a grassroots organization of women from Morelos, Mexico, whose family members have been forcibly disappeared. After realizing that the Mexican governments have done very little to solve this phenomena, they have created a national network of mainly women to take leadership in the process of searching for their loved ones.

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Español

EastSide Arts Alliance, NAKA Dance Theater y Búsqueda De Familiares "Regresando A Casa" A.C. Morelos, México presentan:

Volverte a Ver— película documental  
Martes, 13 de Julio, 6-8:30 p.m. PT

Después de la película, preguntas y respuestas con la directora Carolina Corral Paredes y Familiares de Regresando a Casa.

Volverte a Ver es un documental que narra la historia de los otros Desaparecidos en México. Las fosas comunes, utilizadas de manera irregular, y descubiertas en el estado de Morelos, México desde 2014, arrojan luz sobre una práctica cuyas repercusiones son un misterio hasta el día de hoy.

Ver avance 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOEBQO6Vmkk

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Volverte a Ver is parte de Acto de Memoria (Julio 2021) una serie de charlas virtuales y una instalación de arte que arroja luz sobre el fenómeno de la desaparición forzada en México y cómo esto se entrelaza con el contrabando de armas, el tráfico de tratas y el mercado de drogas en Estados Unidos. El enfoque de esta serie es una asociación con Regresando a Casa, una organización de base de mujeres de Morelos, México, cuyos familiares han sido desaparecidos por la fuerza. Luego de darse cuenta de que el gobierno mexicano ha hecho muy poco para resolver este fenómeno, Ellas han creado una red nacional de mujeres principalmente para tomar el liderazgo en el proceso de búsqueda de sus seres queridos.

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EastSide Arts Alliance & NAKA Dance Theater present

LAIR Virtual: Weaving Past & Present – a ceremonial basket in mosaic tile. 

Linda Yamane & Susanne Takehara in conversation.

TUESDAY, APRIL 27, 2021

7 p.m. PDT

Facebook Live

Join us on Facebook Live as the artists speak about the history of the ceremonial baskets and the creation of the mosaic.

 

STATEMENT FROM LINDA YAMANE, Ohlone Artist and Basketweaver
“In 2012, when I completed this Ohlone ceremonial basket — and another for the Oakland Museum of California — they were the first of their kind to be made in about 250 years. It was my joy and honor to bring their beauty back into the world again.
This basket speaks to the creativity and skill of Ohlone artisans of the past, who transformed sticks and roots, feathers and shells, into remarkable works of art. May this stunning mosaic by Susanne Takehara remind us of Oakland’s first peoples, their resourcefulness, and their thoughtful relationship with the land.”

Statement from Corrina Gould, Traditional Spokesperson Confederated Villages of Lisjan
"Oakland has always been the place of the Ohlone and for thousands of years it was called Huchiun, part of a larger territory that is inclusive of six Bay Area cities. Lisjan/Ohlone continue to live, work, pray and have relationships with our lands and waterways here in one of the many traditional territories where we have an unbroken tie since the beginning of time."
Title: Weaving Past & Present
Medium: Mosaic: ceramic and porcelain tile, glass, abalone shell
Size: 13’ X 12’
Completed: January 2021
Location: Camino 23 Apartments, International Blvd. at 23rd Avenue, Oakland, CA
Artists:
Original woven basket – Linda Yamane
Mosaic design, tile setting, project management – Susanne Takehara
Custom tiles: Glass pendants – Mariposa Glass & Tile Works/Jesse Medina
Stamped tiles: Carol Bevilacqua
Installation: Breandain Langlois, Chris Langlois, Jesse Medina, Susanne Takehara
Commissioned by Satellite Affordable Housing Associates

Bios:

Linda Yamane:

Linda Yamane is an Ohlone traditional basketmaker, artist and tribal scholar from the Monterey area. She has spent the past thirty-five years researching and bringing back many of the forgotten arts and technologies of her Rumsen Ohlone ancestors, including basketry.
The basket traditions of the Ohlone—the indigenous peoples of the San Francisco and Monterey Bay regions, extending from the coast to the edges of the Central Valley—had essentially vanished, the result of missionization and the other cultural impacts that followed. There were no remaining Ohlone basketweavers, and the baskets themselves are rare, with only about two dozen of the old baskets known to exist worldwide.
Studying ethnographic field notes and tapping into the knowledge of contemporary basketweavers who use the same plant materials as the Ohlone, Linda completed her first traditional basket in 1994. It was the first Ohlone basket to be made in over 150 years. Since then, she has completed a total of 24 baskets—roughly doubling the number of Ohlone baskets in the world.

 

Susanne Takehara:
A community-based artist and founding member of the EastSide Arts Alliance collective, Susanne serves as Facility Operations Director, Live Arts in Resistance co-producer, and theater manager at the EastSide Cultural Center. Susanne, collaborating with Oakland performing artists, initiated an informal EastSide Dance/Theater residency program which offered artists free or low-cost rehearsal and performance space, basic technical and production support. In 2013 when NAKA Dance Theater began working directly with EastSide artists at the Cultural Center, NAKA co-director Jose Navarrete joined the collective and formalized the residency program into an ongoing dance/theater series, Live Arts in Resistance (LAIR).
As a visual artist, Susanne focuses on mosaic and stencil arts and has project managed several public and community art projects in Oakland. She has had the incredible fortune of studying mosaics under artist and instructor, Laurel True of True Mosaics.
EastSide Mosaics, a project of EastSide Arts Alliance, formed in the summer of 2010 during the completion phase of their first project, the façade of the EastSide Cultural Center. Lead artists and tile setters were: Susanne Takehara and Xochitl Guerrero.



LIVE ARTS IN RESISTANCE (LAIR) is a dynamic series of live and virtual performances, artist residencies, and community town halls to address racial inequity and white supremacy in popular culture. Collectively, we contribute to a new cultural consciousness of self-determination and indigenous knowledge as integral to our resistance to systemic oppression and imperialism.
LAIR includes dance, theater, poetry and interdisciplinary performances, curated by socially-conscious artists. Together we push the boundaries of our practices and contemplate our role and responsibility in connecting the many struggles of our respective communities both locally and globally.
We reiterate Malcolm X’s words that “Culture is an indispensable weapon in the freedom struggle”, to magnify our struggle, giving wings to our imagination and finding new ways to speak our truth.


EastSide Arts Alliance is an organization of Third World artists, cultural workers, and community organizers of color committed to working in the San Antonio and other Oakland neighborhoods to support a creative environment that improves the quality of life for our communities and advocates for progressive, systemic social change. www.eastsideartsalliance.org
 

NAKA Dance Theater (founded in 2001) creates experimental performance works using dance, storytelling, multimedia installations and site-specific environments. NAKA builds partnerships with communities, engages people's histories and folklore and expresses experiences through accessible performances that challenge the viewer to think critically about social justice issues. NAKA brings together and creates rapport among diverse populations, encouraging dialogue and civic participation. www.nakadancetheater.com

EastSide Arts Alliance, NAKA Dance Theater, and Amara T. Smith Present...

LAIR: back and FORTH / Jennifer Johns

TUESDAY, APRIL 20, 2021

7PM PST 

Facebook Live

 

Jennifer Johns is a powerhouse, vocalist, songwriter, producer, activist, and entrepreneur who creates sounds, experiences, and products that are sure to stir your soul, inspire your mind and move your body.  
Ms. Johns has taken her brand of “afro-diasporic world music” all over the globe, rocking stages from Denver to Dusseldorf, Los Angeles to London, Kuala Lumpur to Kampala. Jennifer has shared line ups with some of the best in the business including the likes of Ms. Lauryn Hill, The Black Eyed Peas, Mos Def, Capelton, Ziggy Marley, Gil Scott Heron, Wyclef, Les Nubian, De La Soul, and Common to name just a few.  
Jennifer’s journey as a recording artist began in 2004 with the underground success of her first album, HeavyElectroMagneticSoularPoeticJungleHop. Songs like the title track “Heavy” with its accompanying artfully futuristic video, broke through the national and international underground soul and hip hop scene making Jennifer a notable force in her field.  
In 2008, Jennifer shifted her attention from the entertainment industry to leveraging her art for social movements. Immediately she began to find herself sharing stages with thought leaders like Reverend Dr. Michael Beckwith, Van Jones, Phaedra Ellis-Lampkins, Malkiya Cyril, Dr. Shawn Ginwright, and more. Her brand of soul-inspiring sounds has landed her gigs at The Kennedy Center, The Apollo, and on stage for both NFL World Bowl and The NFL Hall of Fame.  
Over the last 8 years, Jennifer has also become a Green For All Fellow, a BoldFood Fellow, Artist in Residence at Food First, the First Artist in Residence at Langston Hughes Center for Performing Arts Institute, and a Montalvo Performing Arts Guest Fellow.  
In February of 2016, Jennifer began a journey called The F.U.N. Manifesto to ask people about their ideas of freedom. What was meant to be a three-week trip became a 10-month odyssey that ultimately produced Jennifer’s first official release in nearly 10 years, AZANIA.  
While in most circles Jennifer is best known as a musician and activist, in the last 5 years since returning from Soth Africa, Jenn has explored more creative ways of being through performance installations and visual arts. In the summer of 2018, Jennifer presented Liv: A Ritual for Humanity at Montalvo’s Art on The Grounds where she simulated a citizen’s and ancestor’s arrest of a police officer. In the fall of 2019, she wrote poetry, story, and songs for reD:zONE a ritual and choreopoem. A stage performance on transmuting sexual trauma into the awareness of one's own divine power and joy. Produced by Kendra Barnes of K-Star Productions at Oakland’s historic Malonga Casquelourd Center. In the winter of 2020 Jenn presented Good Medicine at Zoo Labs, a series of images or "super -doodles", as Jenn likes to call them, accompanied by 3 songs produced by Kev Choice and vocals by Jenn. In the fall of 2020, Jenn collaborated again with Kendra Barnes and K Star Productions for a video installation featuring Movement by KKDE and music/story by Jenn under the working title Resilience in Joy. 
In the months to come, you will see more of Jenn's work through The F.U.N. Manifesto portal a place for Jenn's supporters to get to know one another. "After returning to cities year after year for shows, I began to realize that right in front of me was a little bit of everything a community needs to thrive- from bankers to teachers to developers to arts to students and though they lived in the same communities they didn't know one another. Music has the unique ability to bring diverse and sometimes divergent groups together in a way that when used well can change the world". Says Johns. Inspired by the ideals of groups like the Grateful Dead and Bob Marley, Jenn is building an online market

EastSide Arts Alliance, NAKA Dance Theater, and Amara T. Smith Present...

LAIR: back and FORTH / Zakiya Harris

TUESDAY, APRIL 6, 2021

7PM PST 

Facebook Live

 

Cultural architect and sh8peshifter

Zakiya Harris, affectionately known as Sh8peshifter, is a woman charting her own path in life. A Cultural Architect, she has over 2 decades of experience working at the intersections of Art, Education and Spiritual Entrepreneurship. Zakiya is the co-founder of nationally recognized projects Impact Hub Oakland, The Black Permaculture Network, Hack the Hood and a Culture Bank West Oakland Fellow. Currently, she serves as the Business Navigator for ArtsWeb, a decentralized community that connects community-based artists with business service providers. Zakiya is a published author and intuitive life coach on a mission to midwife purpose driven women from stagnation to activation through creativity and wellness. As a successful performance artist, she has released two EP’s and is also the company member of Ase Dance Theater Collective and House Full of Black Women. Awards and recognitions include the Ella Baker Center Future Leaders Award and YBCA 100. In 2019, she traveled to Osogbo, Nigeria where she became initiated as a priest of Oya in the West African Spiritual tradition of Isese. In her spare time, you can find her near a body of water, reading Octavia Butler, cooking with her 15 year old daughter.

EastSide Arts Alliance, NAKA Dance Theater, and Amara T. Smith Present...

LAIR: back and FORTH / brontë velez

TUESDAY, MARCH 23, 2021 

7 PM PST 

Facebook Live

 

Transdisciplinary artist
brontë velez

brontë’s work and rest is guided by the call that “black wellness is the antithesis to state violence” (Mark Anthony Johnson). as a black-latinx transdisciplinary artist, designer, trickster, educator and wakeworker, their eco-social art praxis lives at the intersections of black feminist placemaking & prophetic community traditions, environmental justice, and death doulaship.

they embody this commitment of attending to black health/imagination, commemorative justice and hospicing systems of oppression through serving as creative director for Lead to Life design collective, educator for ancestral arts skills and nature-connection school Weaving Earth, and quotidian black queer lifemaking ever-committed to humor & liberation, ever-marked by grief at the distance made between us and all of life.

EastSide Arts Alliance, NAKA Dance Theater, and Amara T. Smith Present...

LAIR: back and FORTH / Nicia De'Lovely

TUESDAY, MARCH 9, 2021 at 7 PM PST

7PM PST 

Facebook Live

Poetess/ARTivist

Oakland, CA native Nicia De'Lovely is an acclaimed published poet, creative, multifaceted artist, anti child-molestation/CSEC advocate, community servant and spirited survivor. She creates provocative survivor-based performances for education and healing of sexual traumas and other offenses committed against our marginalized populace under the production name, "Nicia De'Lovely Presents." In 2019 her provocative one-woman debut show, GET UNCOMFORTABLE, earned her a Best of the San Francisco Fringe Award. 

Since 2004 Nicia has sown compassion throughout the Bay Area by holding healing gatherings and reciting at women shelters, community centers, places of worship, grade school campuses and universities. As a former event coordinator for Sony Ent., she lends her skills to non-profit fundraisers, while continuing to host her own empowering community events throughout the year. Her once monthly Pad-bag Pop-up has become an anticipated event, where she invites community to join her in passing out toiletries to our displaced sisters.

In 2018, Nicia was called by her mentor Regina Evans to participate in a significant project designing a healing wall for Conjure and Mend, a safe haven for survivors and Abolitionists of CSEC, co-owned by Amara Tabor-Smith. The experience further nurtured Nicia’s enthusiasm for using multiple textures to create mesmerizing altars and backdrops. Since then, she has added textile artist and scenic designer to her portfolio, with work appearing in local premier productions.

East Side Arts Alliance presents..

LAIR Virtual:You Are Beloved Mural Reception

TUESDAY, JANUARY 12, 2021

6:30-7:30 PM PST 

Facebook Live

EastSide community! Join us for a virtual reception on January 12th at 7 pm, honoring the latest mural "You are Beloved" painted by great local graffiteras and muralistas: Cece Carpio, Leslie Lopez, Priya Handa, Frankie Gámez, Angelica Lopez, Inbal Rubin, and Sarai. "You are Beloved," the mural, is part of The Project Sarai Mural and Beloved: An Insistence, led by Regina Evans and Amara Tabor Smith in collaboration with EastSide Arts Alliance.

We believe that art can be healing and transformative when the intention is clear. The Project Sarai Mural and Beloved: An Insistence are part of an ongoing commitment by artists, spiritual warriors, activists and abolitionists working together to end the culture of misogyny, child abuse, sexual violence and rape in our communities; and repair our collective humanity.

EastSide Arts Alliance uses arts and culture as a way to build community power and self-determination. We have been serving our neighborhood for over 20 years. We now have a third generation coming to our cultural center. We are dedicated to building deep connections between and among working class & low-income communities of color, communities whose histories, stories and cultures are actively erased from mainstream narratives. Through year-round programming at our cultural center and other public spaces in East Oakland, EastSide provides an example of how progressive artwork and the growing traditions of cultural offerings offer a creative framework for community solidarity and inclusivity. 

Mural photo: Mark Lilly; Mural detail photos: Joe Keefe 

 

This event will be streamed live on Facebook!

IIFL-UNAM via NAKA Dance Theater and EastSide Arts Alliance present:

"Mexicans, Palestinians and Sahrawis: on the same side of different walls".
Film-series and discussion with directors.

 DEC 9 

Wednesdays from 5-8pm Mexico City Time

3-6pm Pacific Time

"Of migrants and clay"

A conversation with Édgar Álvarez (Colombia)

 

Summary:

Artist Édgar Álvarez decided to combat social indifference to the phenomenon of migrants and refugees with plasticine. Sensitive and expressive work reveals human vulnerability and calls for the responsibility that promises some humanity. The exhibition “Mexicans, Palestinians, and Sahrawis: on the same side of different walls” can express reverent gestures against the walls through the plasticine figures of refugee and migrant children and adults.

IIFL-UNAM via NAKA Dance Theater and EastSide Arts Alliance present:

"Mexicans, Palestinians and Sahrawis: on the same side of different walls".

Film-series and discussion with directors.

DEC 2 

“Latidos de mina. Free Paths Maker ”

(Western Sahara 2019, 26 min.)

Director: Isidro López-Aparicio (iLA)
Participants: Isidro López-Aparicio (iLA) and the SADR ( Sahrawi-Árab Democrátic Republic) ambassador in Mexico Mojtar Leboihi Emboiric

Summary:
This documentary tackles the injustice and pain caused by antipersonnel-mines and asks for the urgent need to create a protocol of demining and signing by all the countries involved. 
The film begins during 24 hours of isolation of the author into a hole in the middle of the desert in order to generate the necessary empathy towards the Saharawi community, which serves as a first step in the progressive approach to the reality of antipersonnel-mines’ victims and their daily lives. In this way, the complaints and desires of the community become verbalized. Besides, the author makes interviews, listens, shares, and designs a device to explode the mines. It is created from the Melphas (Saharawi women’s suits), which serve as the candle that moves the wheels that (helped by phosphate) map the way with the word FREE and end up exploding the mine while showing the inhuman damage they provoke. 
A call to the signing of an urgent demining protocol.

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IIFL-UNAM via NAKA Dance Theater and EastSide Arts Alliance present:

"Mexicans, Palestinians and Sahrawis: on the same side of different walls"
Film-series and discussion with directors.

NOV 18 & NOV 25

Program:

November 18: Over the Wall / Sobre el Muro (El Colef, México, 2019, 28 min.)

Director: Luis Mercado
Executive producer and original idea: Alberto Hernández.
Participants: Alberto Hernández, Luis Mercado, Marina Viruete and Olivia Ruiz.

Summary:
Based on the documentary Over the Wall / Sobre el Muro (El Colef, 2019), this text discusses some social effects from the transformations of the barriers and divisions that have demarcated the border of the states of California in the United States and Baja California in Mexico, until the construction of fences and border walls promoted by the last four US federal administrations. Based on interviews with specialists in migration and borders, residents, and an investigation of files and documents around the wall and its effects on the Tijuana-San Diego border, this documentary captures periods of change and border reinforcement by the United States, as well as the recent situation with the arrival of new migratory flows such as the caravans of Central American migrants to Tijuana and the challenges for this border.

 

November 25: "The Lab" - The Laboratory (Belgium, France, Israel, 2013, 58 min.)

Director: Yotam Feldman
Participants: Yotam Feldman and Federico Donner (translator)

Summary:
Since 9/11, the Israeli arms industries are doing bigger business than ever before. Large Israeli companies develop and test the vessels of future warfare, which is then sold worldwide by private Israeli agents, who manipulate a network of Israeli politicians and army commanders, while Israeli theoreticians explain to various foreign countries how to defeat civil and para-military resistance. All based on the extensive Israeli experience.
The film reveals The Lab, which has transformed the Israeli military occupation of Gaza and the West Bank from a burden to a marketable, highly profitable, national asset.

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Instituto de Investigaciones Filológicas, UNAM en auspicio con NAKA Dance Theater y Eastside Arts Alliance Presentan: 

Ciclo de cine-debate con directores y conversatorio: “Mexicanos, palestinos y saharauis: del mismo lado de muros diferentes”
El Proyecto PAPIIT IN 401119 “Heteronomías de la justicia: territorialidades nómadas” 

Los Miércoles de 17 a 20 hrs. Hora de CDMX. Plataforma del IIFL via NAKA Dance Theater Facebook y EastSide Arts Alliance facebook, hora del pacifico 3 a 6 pm. 

Programa:

18/11/20 
Película Over the Wall/Sobre el Muro (El Colef, México, 2019, 28 min.)

Realizador: Luis Mercado
Productor ejecutivo e idea original: Alberto Hernández
Participan: Alberto Hernández, Luis Mercado, Marina Viruete y Olivia Ruiz.
Basado en el documental Over the Wall/Sobre el muro (El Colef, 2019), el presente texto discute algunos efectos sociales a partir de las transformaciones de las barreras y divisiones que han demarcado el límite fronterizo de los estados de California, Estados Unidos y Baja California, México, hasta la construcción de cercas y muros fronterizos impulsados por las últimas cuatro administraciones federales estadounidenses. A partir de entrevistas con especialistas en migración y fronteras, residentes, y una labor de investigación de archivos y documentos en torno al muro y sus efectos en la frontera Tijuana-San Diego, este documental captura periodos de cambio y reforzamiento fronterizo por parte de Estados Unidos, así como la coyuntura reciente con la llegada de nuevos flujos migratorios como las caravanas de migrantes centroamericanos a Tijuana y los retos para esta frontera.

 

25/11/20  
Pelicula: “The Lab” - El laboratorio (Bélgica, Francia, Israel, 2013, 58 min.)

Realizador: Yotam Feldman
Participan: Yotam Feldman y Federico Donner (traductor) 
Desde el 2001 del 11 de septiembre, las industrias de armas israelíes están haciendo negocios más grandes que nunca. Grandes empresas israelíes desarrollan y prueban los buques de la guerra futura, que luego es vendido en todo el mundo por agentes israelíes privados, que manipulan una red de políticos israelíes y comandantes del ejército, mientras que los teóricos israelíes explican a varios países extranjeros cómo derrotar la resistencia civil y paramilitar. . Todo basado en la amplia experiencia israelí.
La película revela The Lab, que ha transformado la ocupación militar israelí de Gaza y Cisjordania de una carga a un activo nacional comercializable y altamente rentable.

NAKA Dance TheaterSan Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival and East Side Arts Alliance presents..

LAIR Virtual: Featuring Victor Torres

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2020 

6:30-7:30 PM PDT 

Facebook Live

LiveArts in Resistance (LAIR) Virtual **Ancestral Knowledge, Art and Resistance** Featuring Victor Torres

In this time of COVID and amidst powerful calls for racial justice, EastSide Arts Alliance and NAKA Dance Theater are launching a series of 5 presentations in collaboration with World Arts West.

 

On November 17th 2020, join us for a conversation between Anne Huang, Executive Director of World Arts West and Victor Torres. Dr. Victor Torres, Ph.D., is a full Professor in the Department of Chicano and Latin American Studies at California State University, Fresno. He is currently director of Fresno State’s Los Danzantes de Aztlán Mexican dance program, one of the Central Valley’s most established and accomplished programs. Under his direction, the program has earned top awards in Binational (US-Mexico) and national competitions. The group has made three recent appearances in the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival. 

 

Dr. Torres is also on the Board of Directors of the Asociación Nacional de Grupos Folklóricos (ANGF), serving as Vice-President and Parliamentarian. He is the founder of the annual Festival de Los Danzantes folklórico conference, the annual Cal State Folklórico show (which features various California State University groups), and the High School Folklórico Summit. Dr. Torres is also a member of the Danzantes del Valle Advisory Committee for Arte Americas–Fresno’s major Latino cultural center.

 

This event will be streamed live on Facebook!

Sign Language interpretation by Christine Nakahara and Juan Ramirez.

NAKA Dance TheaterSan Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival and East Side Arts Alliance presents..

LAIR Virtual: Featuring Kiazi Malonga

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2020 

7:30-8:30 PM PDT 

Facebook Live

LiveArts in Resistance (LAIR) Virtual **Ancestral Knowledge, Art and Resistance** Featuring Kiazi Malonga

In this time of COVID and amidst powerful calls for racial justice, EastSide Arts Alliance and NAKA Dance Theater are launching a series of 5 presentations in collaboration with World Arts West.

 

On November 3, 2020, join us for a conversation between Anne Huang, Executive Director of World Arts West and Kiazi Malonga. Kiazi Malonga is a second-generation Congolese American born into a family of artists. He was first introduced to the ngoma at the age of two by his father, Malonga Casquelourd, who was a world-renowned traditional artist from Congo Brazzaville. Casquelourd traveled to the US in 1972 and shortly after, began to build his empire in traditional arts in the US. It was in this setting that Kiazi was trained and learned about his Congolese cultural heritage.

Kiazi became the lead drummer of Fua Dia Congo at 16 and began teaching at that age as well. He has taught and performed in the US, Canada, Costa Rica, Europe and Africa. Kiazi currently teaches Congolese traditional music and dance in Oakland.

 

This event will be streamed live on Facebook!

Sign Language interpretation by Christine Nakahara and Eboni Gaytan.

East Side Arts Alliance, NAKA and the Okinawa Association of America's Afro-Okinawan Dialogues Series presents...

Ariko Ikehara: Community Mapping at Okinawa's Koza Crossroads

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2020 

7-8:30 PM PDT

This is an online event

Join us for a conversation with Ariko Ikehara with William Roper and Shō Tanaka. 

ASL interpreted by Christine Nakahara and Eboni Gaytan.

Ariko will speak about MiXtopia, a community research center that lies at the heart of Teruya, formerly known as the Black District in central Okinawa. Representing Koza’s Crossroads or the coming together of many communities, the center is currently conducting a community mapping project that works to document the everyday life of Okinawans who not only survive but thrived in the district, which includes the market, the business, and the bar and entertainment, as one intersecting border that brought together Okinawans, Black Soldiers, and multi-ethnic and national communities in the aftermath of the Pacific War. Join us for a conversation with the founder and director of MiXtopia Ariko Ikehara as she speaks with Los Angeles based musician William Roper about what MiXtopia means to her and how she intends to use art as a decolonial and performance art/life method to represent MiXtory (history, story, mystery) of the way we think about research. This talk is co-sponsored as part of the EastSide Arts Alliance / NAKA Dance Theater’s Live Arts Resistance series (Oakland) and the Afro-Okinawan Dialogue Series created by the Okinawa Association of America (Los Angeles).

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Ariko S. Ikehara is a Director at Koza X MiXtopia Research Center in Okinawa. She earned her Ph.D. in Comparative Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley in 2016. She was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Osaka University (2017_19), and a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Gender and Women Studies at UC Berkeley (2016). Her peer-reviewed published works are “Champurū Text: Postwar Okinawan Writing,” Beyond American Occupation: Race and Agency in Okinawa, 1945-2015. Lexington Press. 2017., and “Third Space as Decolonial Con/Text: Okinawa’s American Champurū.” Transnational Asia: An Online Interdisciplinary Journal, Vol. 1-1. Fall, 2016. Chao Center for Asian Studies, Rice University. She is currently working on a book manuscript working-title ‘‘Okinawa’s MiXtopia: Teruya Soul MiXtory”, which is a choreographic study of a place known as the black district that existed during the American occupation on Okinawa. Her forthcoming essay “Sketches of Teruya: MiXtory of Place” will be published in The Avery Review, a project of the Office of Publications at the Columbia University Graduate Schools of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.

William Roper is a multi-disciplinary artist residing in Los Angeles. His primary foci are music composition, music performance and improvisation, and the visual arts. He performs on instruments in the low brass family, several ethnic aerophones and instruments of his own design. He creates works that merge music, theatre, extemporaneous spoken word and the visual arts. His works explore histories of place, ethnic and cultural groups, and self-history. William studied at CSU Northridge, Cleveland Institute of Music, Case Western Reserve University and Carnegie-Mellon Reserve University. As a musician, his experience ranges from symphonic music to free improvisation. He has performed or recorded with artists such as Gustavo Dudamel, Elton John, Wadada Leo Smith and Yusef Lateef. He has toured Japan, Europe, and the two Americas, as soloist and ensemble musician. He is represented on motion picture soundtracks and 60+ recordings, twelve as leader. He has fulfilled commissions from music and dance ensembles. He has been resident artist at institutions domestically, in Germany and Japan. His visual art has been exhibited in the U.S. and Europe. He has received awards from the NEA, California Arts Council, L.A. Dept of Cultural Affairs and others. 

Shō Tanaka is a Yonsei writer and wanderer. His grandmother’s family(⼭城)immigrated to the Los Angeles area from Taminato, a village in the Yanbaru rainforest in northern Okinawa. His grandfather’s family(⽥中)emigrated from Buzen Shoe, Fukuoka to Tlingit territory settling in Juneau, Alaska. He believes that through sharing food and story we can work to heal legacies of violence that have accumulated within our collective body, mind, and spirit. Currently Shō resides on Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ Territory (Victoria, British Columbia) but his ancestral homeland lies somewhere in the depths of amerikkka.

NAKA Dance TheaterSan Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival and East Side Arts Alliance presents..

LAIR Virtual: Featuring Alleluia Panis

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2020 

6:30-7:30 PM PDT 

Facebook Live

LiveArts in Resistance (LAIR) Virtual**Ancestral Knowledge, Art and Resistance**  Featuring Alleluia Panis

In this time of COVID and amidst powerful calls for racial justice, EastSide Arts Alliance and NAKA Dance Theater have launched a series of 5 presentations in collaboration with World Arts West.

 

On October 20, 2020, join us for a conversation between Anne Huang, Executive Director of World Arts West and Alleluia Panis. Alleluia Panis is an American Pilipino director, choreographer, and non-profit arts leader. She has created over twenty full-length dance theater works that have been presented on stages in the United States, Europe, and Asia. She has received numerous awards, including the inaugural Artistic Legacy Grant from the San Francisco Arts Commission in 2017 and the Wallace Alexander Gerbode Commission for Choreographers for her 2019-2021 dance and film project, ‘In the Belly of the Eagle’. Alleluia is a recipient of the 2021-23 Hewlett 50 Art Commission for Choreography.

 

Panis is the Artistic and Executive Director of Kularts, the nation’s premiere presenter of contemporary and tribal Pilipino arts. Her dance film, ‘She, Who Can See’ was officially selected and screened at the 2018 CAAMFest formerly known as the SF Asian American International Film Festival. She served as a member of National Performance Network’s Artists Committee, and as a board member of Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center, Brava! For Women in the Arts, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, and Dance Bay Area. She’s an active member of San Francisco’s SOMA Pilipinas, Filipino Cultural Heritage District.

 

This event will be streamed live on Facebook.

Sign Language interpretation by Christine Nakahara and MJ Jones.

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