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.
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?!”
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.
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.
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.