Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene through the eyes and ears of local artists. This week our guest is Amara Tabor-Smith. She’s a dancer, choreographer, performer, San Francisco native, and Oakland resident. Tabor-Smith caught up with KALW's Jen Chien to talk about their dancing days and to give her picks for cool arts happenings around the Bay this weekend.
Tonight 9/10 through Saturday 9/12, red, black and GREEN: a blues is at Z Space in San Francisco. Created by Marc Bamuthi Joseph & Living Word Project, this hybrid performance work features four performers who lead the audience through four seasons in four cities: summer in Chicago, fall in Houston, winter in Harlem, and spring in Oakland. red, black and GREEN: a blues explores the voices and stories of Black America on themes of race, class, culture and the environment.
TABOR-SMITH: He's conjuring the collective black experience in the United States.
On Friday 9/11 and Saturday 9/12, She, Who Can See is at Bindlestiff Studio in San Francisco's SOMA district with two shows a night, 7pm and 9pm. Created by Alleluia Panis, She, Who Can See uses dance, film, theater, and music to tell the story of Salima, a woman whose world is turned upside down when ancestral entities appear in her dreams and just about everywhere else. Panis draws from indigenous spiritual cultural practices and beliefs. Her Salima is the composite of several living Americans whose lives are often in a state of fragmentation and unraveling as they struggle with mysterious visions others do not see.
TABOR-SMITH: She's working with this idea of those spirits that live in these locations where we even make the work.
Friday 9/11 through Sunday 9/13 and also next weekend 9/18 through 9/20, The Anastasio Project, from Naka Dance Theater, takes place at the Eastside Arts Alliance in Oakland at 8pm. The Anastasio Project is a multidisciplinary public performance work that investigates racial profiling and state brutality in the streets of Oakland and at the US-Mexico border. It’s inspired by the story of Anastasio Hernandez-Rojas, who was a Mexican man killed by US border agents - his death was ruled a homicide, but no charges were ever filed.
TABOR-SMITH: So they're continuing this work, it's like seeds dropping from a tree and growing.