SPACES: Oakland


An immersive experience created by Oakland residents and artists that gives a glimpse into one of the most vibrant cities in the US.

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SPACES is an immersive experience that merges contemporary performance with the ancient art of storytelling in a place-specific participatory work. Each SPACES piece is built around the site of its performance, and created and performed with the local community that gives this place its life and identity.

Presented in Oakland’s historic downtown, SPACES takes over the beautiful Oakland City Hall and the Frank H. Ogawa Plaza during a sold-out run. Participants are invited to inhabit in a new way these symbols of government that have shaped today’s urban space and life. Drawing from California’s history and Oakland’s multiculturalism, Oaklanders share personal stories that reflect the rich social and cultural fabric of an increasingly gentrified and culturally diverse city.

Presented at the Oakland City Hall & Frank H. Ogawa Plaza on July 9, 10 & 11 and 16, 17 & 18, 2021

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More than its buildings, its parks, its streets, the city is the stories of its people. It was a joy sharing a little of my story at SPACES: Oakland, and a joy to see the folk who came to hear it... There was healing in the shared experience.

Rafael Jesús González

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Artistic Director: Simón Adinia Hanukai

Choreographers: Sarah Crowell with Lauren Cox

Vertical Dance Choreographer: Melecio Estrella

Dancers: Sarah Crowell, Rose Huey, Macio Payomo, and Rashidi Omari

Vertical Dancers: Rose Huey, Sarah Keeney, and Maddy Lawder

Music Curation: YR Media Team featuring Rami Kingsley-Doyle, Noel Anaya, Xingzhou Chen, Will Flattery-Vickness and Ben Frost

DJ: Dion Decibels

Live Vocals and Percussion: Christelle Durandy & Mena Ramos

Stage and Production Management: Phred Sugarman

Costume Design: Serena Monts

Lighting Design: Phred Sugarman

Production, technical, and marketing support provided by The Downtown Oakland Association/Oakland Central

Press Relations: Mary Carbonara

Storytellers: Miguel Binion, Dwayne Clay III, Mickey "Pop's" Fort, Rafael Jesús González, Rhummanee Hang, Debra Israel, Luz Alvarez Martinez, Damien McDuffie, Fredrika Newton, Christine No, Richie Nuñez, Dylan Nussbaum, Liz Ogbu, Leland B. Thompson, Patanisha Williams, Leva Zand. Oakland has so many more stories than we could ever share, but each performance featured 6-8 of our incredible storytellers.

The ADP.FM team, part of YR Media, curated the soundscape for SPACES: Oakland, spanning four eras of Oakland’s music. Enjoy them on or on Spotify.

Produced by Kaimera

The concept for SPACES was created by Jonathan Camuzeaux, Lauren Cox and Simón Adinia Hanukai.

SPACES: Oakland was developed in parallel with SPACES: Saint Denis as part of the Oakland/Saint-Denis cooperation project of Villa San Francisco in coproduction with the French American Cultural Society, the Institut Français, California Humanities, and in collaboration with Légendes Urbaines, which brought together urban and cultural actors, institutions and academics in the San Francisco Bay Area and Grand Paris.

In partnership with City of Oakland Cultural Affairs, Destiny Arts Center, BANDALOOP, Downtown Oakland Association, and YR Media.

This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities (visit and the Kenneth Rainin Foundation. Additional support was provided by the French Embassy in the U.S., The Clorox Company Foundation, Puffin Foundation, Decathlon Emeryville, and the MAP Fund.

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this website do not necessarily represent those of California Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

An immersive, powerful, vibrant and unique experience. SPACES amplifies voices that we don't hear enough, and contributes to the recognition of individuals in their identity, and the creation of social bonds essential to living together. Bravo!

Juliette Donadieu

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