Oakland City Hall & Frank H. Ogawa Plaza

July 9, 10 & 11 and 16, 17, & 18

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

In Oakland, local residents and artists work together to create a series of performances that ultimately portray the present-day diversity of Oakland, one of the most culturally diverse cities in the US.

Image from the iteration of SPACES: Harlem, New York, commissioned by the 2017 Harlem Arts Festival.

Photo: Oakland City Hall circa 1917, commissioned by Oakland Chamber of Commerce, Publicity Bureau. Photographer from Cheney Photo Advertising Co. Original photo part of Oakland Public Library, Oakland History Room.

Performed at the beautiful Oakland City Hall and Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, participants are invited to inhabit in a new way these symbols of government that have shaped today’s urban space and life.

General Artistic Director: Simón Adinia Hanukai

Choreographers: Sarah Crowell with Lauren Cox

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

Produced by Kaimera Productions

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

SPACES: Oakland is being developed in parallel with SPACES: Saint Denis.

Developed 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 brings together urban and cultural actors, institutions and academics in the San Francisco Bay Area and Grand Paris.

This project is made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit calhum.orgAdditional support is provided by the French Embassy in the U.S., The Clorox Company Foundation, and the MAP Fund.

For more information on SPACES, click here or download the PDF below. 

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.

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License de spectacle: 2019-000674