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Debby Kajiyama
José Navarrete
Oct 15, 2013 to Nov 15, 2013
in the main gallery, center gallery, back forty, and the streets of Oakland

Navarrete x Kajiyama Dance Theatre presents:

Can you picture this prophesy? The temperatures are too hot for me.

Live Performances
Friday, November 1st, 7pm
Friday November 8th, 7pm
Saturday November 9th, 7pm

Artists José Navarrete and Debbe Kajiyama look at humanity's relationship with the oceans and how we cope when facing environmental disaster. The choices we have made to fulfill our urban lifestyles have resulted in unimaginable consequences. Large financial institutions are being bailed out, but who will bail out the rest of us? Bailout! is a site-specific work that will take place in various gallery spaces and throughout our Oakland neighborhood.

Navarrete x Kajiyama create interdisciplinary performance works using movement, theater, art installation, multimedia, and site-specific environments. Their work has been influenced by ritual, cultural studies, and political and environmental concerns and has involved members of the Latino transgender community, the local Mexican-American and Japanese-American communities, and San Francisco's community of Argentine Tango dancers.

Driven by a curiosity about people's histories, they often make work about the awkward, the vulnerable, the underdog. In the last six years, the themes in NAKA's work have included the genetic modification of native crops, the depletion of natural resources, cultural colonization, and the privatization of water.

Don't miss José's Thursday Night Salsa Lessons, Sign up at the gallery on dance nights.

José NavarretePhoto by Steven Sanchez

José Navarrete is a native of México City where he was first exposed to theater and dance, choreographing and performing in parks, hospitals, and children's parties as a clown and dancer. He studied dance at the National Institute of Fine Arts in México, and has a B.A. in Anthropology from UC Berkeley and M.F.A in Dance from Mills College. He has studied dance with Sara Shelton Mann, Taiko with Hiroyuki Nakagawa and Argentine Tango with Nora Dinzelbacher. In 2004, José was the recipient of a Bessie Schönberg residency at The Yard, and a Djerassi residency. José is the recipient of a CHIME Mentorship with Jess Curtis, and a CHIME Across Borders fellowship with Ralph Lemon. Navarrete has taught dance and performance to youth and adults in Mexico, and in the San Francisco Bay Area at Berkeley High School, Marin Academy, Cal State East Bay, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. He currently teaches youth in Eastside Arts Alliance's Guerilla Performing Group.


Debbe KajiyamaPhoto by Kim Anno and Kyung Lee

Debbe Kajiyama is a San Francisco Bay Area native, and has been performing there since 1994. She has performed with Dandelion Dancetheater, June Watanabe in Company, ZACCHO Dance Theater , and the Dance Brigade, and Somei Yoshino Taiko Ensemble. Debby's interests lie in the intersection of performance, cultural studies, and social change. She is a member of TsukimiKai, an intergenerational group of primarily Japanese American artists, activists, and scholars. In 2005, she traveled with TsukimiKai to Cuba to share Obon Festival folk dances and music, and to conduct oral histories of the Japanese Diaspora in Cuba. Seven years ago, she founded the Art and Social Activism component of the Annual Human Rights Summit at San Francisco State University. In 2009, she was the recipient of a Djerassi Resident Artists Program residency and a Silicon Valley Community Foundation fellowship. In 2010, Debby is proud to have helped create the video "Fredi's Fourth of July" for Crosswater Media which tells the story of a Salvadoran immigrant family in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is currently studying with Hiroyuki "Jimi" Nakagawa in an Alliance for California Traditional Arts Apprenticeship.