U P O N Y A J I - Citizenship on the Dance Floor
On the evening of Saturday, September 16, people gather at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts for UPONYAJI - a cultural clash and dance party that swirls around the value of citizenship. UPONYAJI is a word found in Swahili, a trade language spoken throughout the continent of Africa meaning to cure or heal. Recognizing the privilege of passport and visa, we believe that PARTICIPATION is a better indicator of Citizenship than DOCUMENTATION. At UPONYANJI we reconcile these beliefs on the dancefloor. The evening begins with a series of workshops in the gallery from 6-8pm, and continues on two dancefloors until the early morning. Some of the Bay Area's most critical immigrant advocacy groups align with its leading sound selectors to curate an equatorial landscape of rhythm and harmony. SOUND SELECTORS : Emancipation | SouLovely : Lady Ryan : SouLovely : May-Li | La Pelanga : Vinroc | Triple Threat DJ's HOSTED BY : Chaney Turner | Social Lyfe : Abe Adelaja | Himself UPONYAJI Citizenship on the Dance Floor Saturday, September 16, 9PM-Midnight YBCA (701 Mission St, SF) $15 Cover at The Door FREE for YBCA Members or with Transform performance tickets No One Turned Away for Lack of Funds There is an idea that what America needs is a new political party - for immigrants. Another idea posits that our colonial tongue will not let us speak into existence the colors in which we think and feel. And so - we'll dance. We'll let our bodies speak. UPONYAJI is not only the name of the joyous occasion at which we meet, it is also the very first word of a new language we intend to form - and we need your help. We'll see you there. Transform, YBCA's new festival, celebrates the power of ideas through transformative performance. Each fall and spring, we will convene leading contemporary artists for a provocative showcase of dance, theater, and music. Through these performances and a full schedule of participatory experiences, Transform brings artists and the public together in ways that can only happen at YBCA. Why Citizenship? This fall the festival is built around the urgent question: Why Citizenship? From the seven newly commissioned performances by prolific Bay Area artists--spanning from contemporary dance to experimental performance--to pop-up installations, community conversations, and even a late-night party that creates dance floor citizenship, each aspect of Transform will inspire and provoke you.