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January 6-7, 2017
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FRESH2017 Anna Martine Whitehead, NAKA Dance Theater, Amara Tabor-Smith


Friday-Saturday, January 6-7

8pm | Joe Goode Annex

Intimate, sensory and charged pieces exploring space, time, race, presence, disappearance and catharsis by Anna Martine Whitehead, Amara Tabor-Smith and NAKA [Navarrete x Kajiyama].

by Anna Martine Whitehead
Performers  – Indira Allegra, India Sky Davis, Carrie Leilam Love, dana e. fitchett
Food provided by Mitali Purkayastha/Food Mythology
Kitchen provided by Marintha Tewksbury + Norman Rutherford

SPREAD 1 is a meditation on Black time and its polyrhythms, reverbs, reversals, chops and screws. The work is an iteration of a longer piece currently being developed in Chicago through a six month residency at Links Hall.

by Amara Tabor Smith

I can’t catch my breath. hurt.  this is a piece. going. this is a place. we are here. I don’t know what you will see but I will bring you with me even though we will not experience the same thing.

Excerpt from Buscarte
by José Navarrete and Debby Kajiyama [NAKA Dance Theater] Voice programming and processing by Adria Otte
Text adapted from the video Mirar Morir

Buscarte considers erasure, invisibility, disappearance and honors the tremendous life force of those who refuse to stop searching for truth.


FRESH PERFORMANCES invite cutting-edge dance, music and performance makers to share the stage as a platform for research, experimentation and live testing of new material. FRESH 2017 presents 3 weekends of original works, curating 3 artists each weekend who push the boundaries of form, method and content.


Anna Martine is a queer Black femme artist using movement and language to escape the Planet Earth. Their solos and collaborations have been presented in North America and Europe, and they have contributed significantly to the work of Keith Hennessy, Jefferson Pinder, Julien Previeux, and taisha paggett, amongst others. They write about Black performance in the contemporary art world and have contributed to an array of texts on queer dance, performance, and social practice, including a regular column in Art Practical and a chapter in the forthcoming “Meanings and Makings of Queer Dance,” edited by Clare Croft. Their first chapbook “TREASURE | My Black Rupture” debuted this past Spring. They received a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant to attend FRESH Festival 2017.

NAKA [Navarrete x Kajiyama] creates interdisciplinary performance works using movement, theater, art installation, multimedia, and site-specific environments. Our work has been influenced by ritual, cultural studies, and the political and environmental concerns of the world in which we live.

Adria Otte is a composer, multi-instrumentalist and sound designer whose musical practice began with classical violin studies, continued as an electric guitarist in rock bands, expanded with free improvisation, electronics and traditional Korean drumming, and currently integrates all of the above. She recently received an MFA in Electronic Music and Recording Media from Mills College and her current projects include sound design for dance, theater and video, and the electro-acoustic duo, OMMO.

Amara Tabor-Smith is an Oakland based performer/sometimes poet/dance maker who makes Conjure Art. Her dance making practice utilizes Yoruba spiritual ritual to address issues of race, gender, social and environmental justice, community, identity and belonging. She is still here.


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