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For a limited time only, watch Talking Circle online! 

Upcoming Events

Touch Bass at BAMPFA

Saturday, September 10, 2022 at 8 PM

Sunday, September 11, 2022 at 4 PM
Berkeley Art Museum Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley

Touch Bass with choreography by Risa Jaroslow and music by bassist Lisa Mezzacappa premiered at ODC in 2017. SF Examiner said, “Touch Bass is an extraordinary showcase of Jaroslow and Mezzacappa’s creativity and belief in the power of relationships.” Heather Desaulnier described it in Critical Dance as, “one of the most honest and pure performance collaborations I have seen”.


We will remount Touch Bass for the stunning BAMPFA space as part of their Full performance series. These performances will feature dancers Anna Greenberg, Karla Quintero, and Cauveri Suresh, with bassists Shayne Dulberger, Lisa Mezzacappa, and Dan Seamans.

In addition to the two shows, an “open rehearsal” on Thursday, September 8, at 4 PM will be free with gallery admission.

Touch Bass in performance
Touch Bass in performance

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Touch Bass in performance
Touch Bass in performance

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Touch Bass in performance
Touch Bass in performance

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Touch Bass in performance
Touch Bass in performance

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The 2017 performance of Touch Bass, photos by Margo Moritz.


Talking Circle at Oakland Theater Project

January 5-8 and 12-15, 2023
Oakland Theater Project, Oakland

After an incredible two-week run at CounterPulse in May 2022, Talking Circle will be reprised at the Oakland Theater Project in January 2023. Click here to learn more about Talking Circle, and click here to watch the full work (available for a limited time only).

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

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.