NAKA Dance Theater

Founded in 2001, NAKA Dance Theater creates interdisciplinary performance works that explore ritual, cultural studies, and contemporary socio-political and environmental issues. Through dance, storytelling, multimedia installations, and site-specific environments, NAKA builds deep 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. Rooted in the San Francisco Bay Area’s culturally diverse communities, NAKA has also established a strong relationship w/Casa Tecmilco (Morelos, Mexico), whose mission is to support a network of small, hyper-local resistance movements across Mexico on land rights, migration and forced disappearance. NAKA has been presented by Dancers' Group's ONSITE, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, ODC, Queer Arts Festival, Yerba Buena Choreographers Festival, Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center Performance Series, the Oakland Museum of California and San Francisco's Asian Art Museum.

Visiting Artists | April 9-April 15, 2024

Dismantling Tactic X

NAKA Dance Theater’s invited cohort of social-change artists with whom they have been working will be coming to MANCC for the first time to collaborate on the newest iteration of their work, Dismantling Tactic X, which builds upon NAKA’s previous Dismantling experiments and development. Their ongoing project will investigate how artists and venues can be in community, modeling resistance to practices of white supremacy. The project supports a vision to develop methods of inquiry used during the cohort’s time together to fuel a cathartic game-changing conversation around privilege, supremacy, economics, and race. Their project, in gathering artists who have devoted their lives and practices towards addressing these systemic issues, builds a foundation for initiating conversations, practices and consciousness shifts within the larger community. This new section of their work aims to bring individuals with very different perspectives together in conversation to learn, feel and think together in vulnerable and generative ways about the issues that may divide us as a population, within the United States and globally. Discussions within and outside of the university and through a shared creative dancing practice will aim to reveal pathways whereby new ways as innovative artists to digest, reorient, and present themselves can take place.

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Featured Artist

Faye Driscoll

February 22 - 24
Carolina Performing
Arts, UNC Chapel Hill


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