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Upcoming Events


Talking Circle at Oakland Theater Project

January 6-8 and 12-15, 2023

Thursday/Friday/Saturday @ 7:30pm
Sunday @ 3:00pm


The Oakland Theater at FLAX art & design 
1501 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Oakland (a short walk from Oaklands 12th Street and 19th Street BART stations)

After an incredible two-week run at CounterPulse in May 2022, Talking Circle will be reprised at the Oakland Theater Project in January 2023. With a multi-generational cast and music by Bay Area vocalist/composer Amy X NeuburgTalking Circle explores the relationship between individual and collective and asks: what will we risk for freedom?

Dancers Anna Greenberg, Phoenicia Pettyjohn, Cauveri Suresh and Erin Yen are joined by Pamela Wu Kochiyama and Sharon Dalke of The Elders Project at Oakland's Destiny Arts Center. Additional members of the creative team include lighting designers Allen Willner and Stephanie Johnson and costume designer Callie Floor.


The 2022 performances of Talking Circle, photos by Robbie Sweeny.

“We are thrilled to partner with Risa Jaroslow and the extraordinary dancers in Talking Circle... Talking Circle is a prime example of how our mission to use exquisite theatrical experiences to inspire compassion and forge emotional bonds across difference transcends traditional notions of theater. The dance piece is strikingly beautiful and includes various levels of dancing ‘expertise’ and yet all participants are an equal part of the whole. We can’t wait to share this aesthetically arresting and moving piece with our larger community.” 


Michael Moran, Co-Artistic Director, Oakland Theater Project

"The choreography is full of subtle surprises — a head thrown back at an unexpected angle in relation to the shoulders during a spiral to the floor, a wrist oddly cocked, power poses that morph into sloth poses into pin-up poses. There was so much delicious movement and because the CounterPulse theater is an intimate space, I felt close enough to chew it, to taste it... The piece looked like a community being together through the rise and fall of everyday affects — pleasure and pain, sorrow and joy, solemnity and jocularity. I thought, “Is this a coven? A deconstructed Little Women? Herland?”"

Sima Belmar for "Life as a Modern Dancer"

The Elders Project at Destiny Arts Center/The Black (W)hole


Coming Soon in 2022

The Black (W)hole, a powerful performance-turned-film, honors six young people of color who lost their lives in Oakland. The Elders Project was working with the Destiny Arts Youth Performance Company and an incredible group of collaborators. When performances of The Black (W)hole had to be canceled because of Covid, the bold decision was made to reimagine the project as a film. Forty hours of footage is now being edited.


The Black (W)hole will be a unique docudrama that reflects the life-changing impact of the response to the killing of George Floyd coming on the heels of the pandemic. The feature-length film will be released in late 2022. For more information: destinyarts.org/the-black-whole/

Click here to learn more about the Elders Project.

The Elders Project video shoot for the B

The Elders Project video shoot for the Black (W)hole at the Morcom Rose Garden, Oakland.