BAILOUT! or Can you picture this prophecy? The temperatures are too hot for me, is a traveling, site-specific and multidisciplinary performance work that considers how we cope in the face of catastrophic environmental disasters. BAILOUT! focuses a lens on the 3.11 earthquake, tsunami, and ongoing nuclear disaster in Northern Japan. The choices we have made to fulfill our urban lifestyles have resulted in unimaginable consequences where we have abandoned our responsibility to work with nature, and instead are putting ourselves in danger as we push the limits of the earth.

BAILOUT! is supported in part by the Zellerbach Family Foundation, Theatre Bay Area’s CA$H Grant, Eastside Arts Alliance, the East Bay Community Foundation’s Fund for Artists, The Kenneth Rainin Foundation, the Open Circle Foundation, the City of Oakland Cultural Funding, and individual donors.

Created and performed by Jose Navarrete & Debby Kajiyama with composer-musician Adria Otte and dancer-collaborators Emily Leap & Kevin O’Connor.

Red Sweater by Brenda Tong, based on original design by Liz Harvey. Polar Bear by Barbara Morita. Hazmat suits by Sra. Maria Velazquez.

Video by Steven Sanchez, Kim Anno & Kyung Lee, Debby Kajiyama, José Navarrete

Vortex projection screen and MAX/MSP program by Ricardo Rivera.

Trike design and construction by Matt Gereghty of The Bikery, Oakland.

Lighting Design by Jose Maria Francos

Additional music: Byron Au Yong & Christopher Yohmei Blasdel and The Chrysanthemum, by Scott Joplin. Arr. & performed by Tiffany Lin on toy piano. Performed on a 3 octave 1940s Michelsonne. 

Special gratitude to Ichiro and Harumi Tamagawa and the Matsumoto Family for their generosity.