Chris Evans is a sacred space holder who uses music, movement, teaching, to create immersive, interactive spaces for listening, healing, and transformation. While much of her work and collaborations are with and for Black women in Oakland, she bridges many communities through her collaborations and the audiences she reaches. She directs the Reconstruction Study Project and Reconstructing Imagination Residency, co-founded Idora Park Project Space, is a member of House Full of Black Women and Black and White Projects collectives. She is a certified Pilates Instructor, Yamuna Body Rolling practitioner, and Level 2 Talawa Technique practitioner, a technique that centers Africanist movement technologies, and the founder of Deep Breath Pilates.


Reconstruction Study Project

Chris Evans launched Reconstruction Study Project (RSP) in 2015 with musician/composer David Boyce. Dancer/choreographer Byb Bibene later joined the project. Through performance studies and ritual, RSP explores the impacts of legacies of slavery on the inner landscapes of Black people. In 2020 RSP launched the Reconstructing Imagination Artist Residency at Idora Park Project Space in…

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Deep Breath Pilates

Chris Evans founded the Deep Breath Pilates Studio (DBP) in 2016. DBP offers classes in Yamuna Body Rolling (YBR) and Pilates, and movement classes fusing YBR, Pilates and dance. By moving the Breath, Strengthening and Releasing Muscles, and Moving the Whole Body our work deepens body awareness, builds mind/body connection and reconnects us to our body’s innate wisdom and intelligence. Chris is a certified…

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Cipher Study

Cipher Study began with the question – How would my Dutch ancestors respond to the destruction their first corporate project unleashed in the “New World” with their arrival in 1628? Cipher Study explores the processes of encrypting and decrypting the codes of Whiteness. What are the realities that lie beneath these codes? If we follow…

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Photos by Sibila Savage