NAKA’s multi-disciplinary performance, BAILOUT! investigates Japan's 3.11 disaster and how humanity copes with overwhelming catastrophe
Navarrete x Kajiyama Dance Theater’s latest multi-disciplinary performance work BAILOUT! or Can you picture this prophecy? The temperatures are too hot for me addresses the 3.11 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster in Northern Japan. It looks at humanity's relationship with the oceans and how we cope in the face of catastrophic environmental disasters. What role does government play in “rescuing” its citizens from manmade and natural mayhem? What role should we play as individuals in communities? When we become overly-reliant on large, centralized systems and institutions, our power is diminished. How can our own sense of agency help us to survive?
In September 2012, we traveled to Northern Japan to volunteer in cleanup efforts and meet people whose lives are still being impacted by the 3.11 disaster, including friends who live just outside the exclusion zone of the Fukushima Daini Nuclear power plant. Suddenly, the disaster became very personal. Inspired by our experiences, we presented a weekend of work-in-progress performances in November 2012, while in residence at Oakland’s Eastside Arts Alliance. Since the performance, we've had great conversations with audience members whose lives had been affected by other recent disasters: Hurricane Sandy, the tsunami in Indonesia, Hurricane Katrina.
In May 2013, we will present a site-specific, traveling version of BAILOUT! at several locations along 24th Street in the Mission District of San Francisco. The performance will culminate with an indoor performance at Dance Mission Theater. We are excited to continue our collaboration with dancer-aerialists Kevin O’Connor and Emily Leap, composer and multi-instrumentalist Adria Otte, and media artist Ricardo Rivera as we develop the work further.
Navarrete x Kajiyama was recently awarded a $5,000 matching grant from the East Bay Community Foundation for the creation of BAILOUT! But we will only receive the funds if we are able to raise $5,000 in individual donations. So far, we have raised $3,300. We have only $1,700 to go! Will you help us reach our goal? No donation is too small! All funds will be used to pay artist and designer fees as well as production costs for our May 2013 production of BAILOUT!
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We've always loved the challenge of presenting work outside of the traditional proscenium setting, and BAILOUT! will take us to the next level of experiments in this format. We'll be leading the audience on a journey to several public sites where anyone can enjoy the performance. It is our hope that our work will become accessible to more members of the community by taking it to the streets. We have a number of colleagues who have expertise in creating performance site-specifically, and we plan to use them as sounding boards and advisors.
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