The acclaimed production of The Anastasio Project, a multidisciplinary performance investigating race relations, state brutality and border violence, will be returning to the stage for two weekends—Sept. 11-13 and Sept. 18-20 at 8 p.m. at the Eastside Arts Alliance, 2277 International Blvd. Oakland, CA 94606.
<p>José Navarrete and Debby Kajiyama of NAKA Dance Company, in partnership with Eastside Arts Alliance, will highlight the conversations that the #BlackLivesMatter movement has resurfaced concerning communities of color.
Combining interactive video, original music, a large-format mural, spoken word and dance, The Anastasio Project draws on personal experiences of violence endured by people of color living in Oakland to create a profound and moving community event.
Prior to the performance, audience members are encouraged to explore the art galleries where pieces by various local artists will kick start conversations on the impacts of state violence in communities of color. For the complete list of artists, visit
The Anastasio Project was inspired by the tragic story of Hernandez-Rojas, a Mexican national who was beaten to death by a dozen customs and border patrol agents at the U.S.-Mexico border in 2010.
According to a press release from the project, “These are the kinds of stories flooding the daily airwaves and social media platforms of America and why the return of The Anastasio Project is so timely and critical.”
“The youth that we’ve worked with at Eastside Arts Alliance are not afraid to tell the truth and have become the vehicles for social change,” said Navarrete.
“Most people from East Oakland are people of color, and youth are likely targets for racial profiling and police brutality. We want to learn from them; we want to share their perspectives,” he said.
The Anastasio Project asks how communities can avoid repeating the tragedies of Hernandez-Rojas, Sandra Bland, Mike Brown, Natasha McKenna, Tamir Rice and thousands like them in cities across the country.
Three of the performances will include pre-show conversations with community activists and organizers, including Bertha Gutierrez & Families of San Diego (9/12), Cat Brooks of the Anti Police-Terror Project (9/13), and Mujeres Unidas y Activas with Matt Gonzalez from the SF Public Defenders Office (9/19).
All conversations begin at 4 p.m. and will be followed by a light reception prior to the performance.