Dancinema 2022 Preview: Ghostly Labor (Oakland, CA, USA)

Explores the history of labor in the US–Mexico borderlands through Tap Dance, Mexican Zapateado, Son Jarocho, Afro Caribbean movement, and live music. This work brings together polyrhythmic movement and an original score to look at the (ongoing) years of systemic exploitation of labor while highlighting the power and joy of collective resistance.

Based on farmworker interviews in California, this excerpt honors the sacred hands that feed us and was filmed on a farm with support from Ayudando Latinos a Soñar (ALAS), a non-profit advocacy organization for farmworkers in Half Moon Bay, CA. A full-length dance theater production of Ghostly Labor will premiere in 2023.

Oakland, CA, USA
Directors: John Jota Leaños & Vanessa Sanchez
Producer: Harry Gregory

Screening: Capitol Dance & Cinema Festival – Oct 8 2022 @ Eaton Workshop DC