Womxn’s Oracular Radical Dance

Now, more than ever, we need to support womxn identified and GNC voices and their intersecting identities.

Dance Mission is proud to announce its presenting and program for 2018-2019, WORD, during which we are working closely with four groups of womxn identified artists. Don’t miss these exciting performances, conversations, and on-going investigations that dive into some of today’s most pressing topics.


FALL 2018
Nkeiruka Oruche and Tossie Long

Nkeiruka Orcuche and Tossie Long of Afro Urban Society in collaboration with Dance Mission Theater bring you Bakanal De Afrique: What Had Happened Was…. Via afrobeats, soca, hip-hop, blues, dancehall, rumba, soukous, and electrifying visuals, a trail of personal stories will guide us as we swivel along a timeline of Afro Urban culture from its birthplace on the cities of Africa to the beats on the streets of Black America and the world. Ain’t no mountain high enough as we raise the roof and raise the questions “Where did we come from?” “Where are we going?” “When will we arrive?!” This collaboration is made possible with support from the Creative Work Fun.

November 10 * Flight Deck (Oakland)
November 16-17 * Dance Mission (SF)


La Colectiva de Mujeres with Andreina Maldonado and Vanessa Sanchez

La Colectiva de Mujeres in collaboration with Dance Mission Theater and artists Vanessa Sanchez and Andreina Maldonado are coming together to claim and affirm artistic spaces for brown and black bodies, womxn, immigrants, Latinxs, and laborers. La Colectiva de Mujeres is a worker-run collaborative that helps empower immigrant women and connects them with jobs. The collective also organizes trainings around worker rights, healthy cleaning techniques for domestic laborers, and safe working conditions. This collaboration is made possible by support from the California Arts Council.

April 13: Performance at Accion Latina on 24th Street at Harrison


Fall 2019
Susana Arenas Pedroso

Susana Arenas Pedroso is marking 20 years since arriving in the United States from Cuba. A lead cultural bearer, her new work with her company, Arenas Dance Company, investigates what it means to be a Cuban artist living in the Bay under the United States’ current administration, as well as the culture of machismo that is still very much rampant. Join Arenas Dance Company in collaboration with Dance Mission Theater in this Afro-Latinidad celebration.

Oct 11-13: Performance


FALL 2019
Kanyon Sayers-Roods with Bernadette Smith

Kanyon (Hahashkani-Coyote Woman) is Costanoan Ohlone Mutsun and Chumash. The daughter of Ann-Marie Sayers, Kanyon is an up and coming leader of Indian Canyon Nation. Dedicated to the Native community, Kanyon provides leadership for scholars ready to challenge their creative paths and remind people what it means to decolonize.

Bernadette Smith is a member of the Manchester/Point Arena Band of Kashaya Pomo Indians. She is the daughter of David Smith, a well-respected leader and powerful teacher among tribes across Northern California. He inspired her, as well as countless others, to keep indigenous song and dance a vibrant part of their communities.

Stewards of the planet, these two artists will work with the next generation of earth warriors to educate both them and the broader community about the history and importance of the acorn in Northern California through dance, song, and storytelling.

Performance and workshop series in partnership with Dancing Earth: Oct 26-27, 2019

FALL 2019
Lenora Lee
Lenora Lee Dance (LLD) integrates contemporary dance, film, music, and research and has gained increasing attention for its sustained pursuit of issues related to immigration, global conflict, and its impacts, particularly on women and families. The company is directed by San Francisco native Lenora Lee, who has been a dancer, choreographer and artistic director for the past 21 years in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York. She has been an Artist Fellow at the de Young Museum, a Djerassi Resident Artist, a Visiting Scholar at New York University 2012-2016, and an Artist in Residence at Dance Mission Theater. She is currently a 2019 United States Artists Fellow and has been recently awarded a Creative Work Fund and California Arts Council California Creative Communities grant with the Chinatown Community Development Center to collaborate on an immersive performance piece in 2020.

Performance: November 1-3, 2019

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