Berkeley Dance Project 2020

Directed by Lisa Wymore, Feb. 20–29, The Playhouse at Zellerbach Hall

Upcoming Events

Monday, January 27, 2020

Auditions: Digital Dreams, Student-Directed Dance Workshop

Performing Arts - Dance | January 27 | 6-9 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall, Room 170 (Z170)

 Randall Belyea

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

Current UC Berkeley students of any major are invited to open auditions for Digital Dreams, an original dance piece choreographed by Randall Belyea. The performance is part of the student workshop series presented by the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance studies.

ATC Lecture — Amy LaViers, "Dancing with Robots: Expressivity in Natural and Artificial Systems"

Colloquium | January 27 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Osher Theater

 Amy LaViers, Robotics, Automation, and Dance (RAD) Lab

 Center for New Media, CITRIS and the Banatao Institute, Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies, Arts + Design

Movement seems to encode information. How does this work? We know that animals, including humans, use the motion of counterparts to produce coordinated, social behaviors. But how do we resolve the discrete measures of communication and information theory with the continuous laws of motion and mechanics? Answering these questions is critical to developing expressive robotic systems that integrate...   More >

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Auditions: The Arsonists and Student-Directed Workshops

Performing Arts - Theater | January 28 | 6-10 p.m. |  Durham Studio Theater (Dwinelle Hall)

 Patrick Russell

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

Current UC Berkeley students of any major are invited to combined auditions for the TDPS production of The Arsonists by Max Frisch and student-directed workshops. Workshops include Hamlet, Don't Bet on the Englishmen, and the New Play Reading Series. See production details on the TDPS Callboard.

Director Patrick Russell (Photo by Pak Han)

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Townsend Center Book Chat with Abigail De Kosnik and Keith Feldman: #identity: Hashtagging Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Nation

Lecture | February 5 | 12-1 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

This collected volume offers a critical interdisciplinary view on how and why social media is at the heart of contemporary political discourse.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Daphne A. Brooks | Lemonade from Lemons: Black Women Artists and the Gershwin Problem, 1935-2020

Lecture | February 6 | 4-5:30 p.m. |  Durham Studio Theater (Dwinelle Hall) | Note change in location

 Daphne A. Brooks, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of African American Studies; Professor of Theater Studies, American Studies, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Yale University

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

This talk interrogates the politics and poetics of black feminist performance practices and strategies of (re)arrangement in relation to this text and its multiplicity of iterations—from “southern renaissance” blackface novel to local color four-act play, from behemoth, multi-generic musical to American songbook playlist canon.

Daphne A. Brooks (Photo by Michael Marsland)

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

TDPS presents The New Play Reading Series | Human Museum by Miyoko Conley

Performing Arts - Theater | February 12 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | B4 Dwinelle Hall | Note change in time

 Miyoko Conley

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

TDPS and the New Play Reading Series present Human Museum by Miyoko Conley.

Set in a future where humans have gone extinct, Human Museum follows a group of robots on Earth that run a museum dedicated to organizing the physical and digital artifacts of human life.

Miyoko Conley

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Summer Abroad Info Session: "Afro-Feminism, Creative Process, and Brazil"

Information Session | February 13 | 1-2 p.m. | 554 Barrows Hall

 Hannah Moore

 Alex Tan

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

"Afro-Feminism, Creative Process, and Brazil" is a six-week cultural experience in Bahia, Brazil rooted in social justice and black feminist pedagogy. The program explores the power of dance and performance with a particular focus on Afro-Brazilian dances, songs and rhythms for the Orixas, and Capoeira of the Candomble tradition.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Syria’s Fraught Balance: Movement, Politics, and Dabke Performance: With Shayna Silverstein, followed by a conversation with Deena Chalabi

Lecture | February 19 | 5-7 p.m. | Dwinelle Annex, Room 126

 Shayna Silverstein

 Arts Research Center

Syria’s Fraught Balance: Movement, Politics, and Dabke Performance
With Shayna Silverstein, followed by a conversation with Deena Chalabi
Wednesday, February 19, 2020 | 5:00-7:00pm
Dwinelle Annex, Room 126, UC Berkeley

Co-sponsored by Arts Research Center, the Music Department, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, and the Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies Department

 Event held in Dwinelle Annex on the UC Berkeley campus. Seating first-come, first served until capacity is reached.

Shayna Silverstein

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Describing Dances (and Dances that Describe Themselves): Audio Description and Dance Performance

Panel Discussion | February 20 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 44B Dwinelle Hall

 Jess Curtis, Choreographer, Artistic Director, Gravity Access Services; Georgina Kleege, Professor of English, UC Berkeley

 Lisa Wymore, Associate Professor of Dance & Performance Studies, UC Berkeley

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies, Gravity Access Services

The TDPS Speaker Series presents a conversation with Georgina Kleege and Jess Curtis, moderated by Lisa Wymore: "Describing Dances (and Dances that Describe Themselves): Audio Description and Dance Performance."

Photo by Andrea Mohin / The New York Times

TDPS presents Berkeley Dance Project 2020

Performing Arts - Dance | February 20 – 29, 2020 every day with exceptions | 8-9:30 p.m. |  Zellerbach Playhouse

 Lisa Wymore

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

Exploring the intersections of dance and community, the annual TDPS dance concert poses critical questions for our divisive times: How can dance create inclusive exchanges between audiences and performers? How can dance making be a form of community making? How do communities use dance performance to bring forth new narratives and framings of the world?

 $13–20

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Dancer: Aldair Rivera

Friday, February 21, 2020

TDPS presents Berkeley Dance Project 2020

Performing Arts - Dance | February 20 – 29, 2020 every day with exceptions | 8-9:30 p.m. |  Zellerbach Playhouse

 Lisa Wymore

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

Exploring the intersections of dance and community, the annual TDPS dance concert poses critical questions for our divisive times: How can dance create inclusive exchanges between audiences and performers? How can dance making be a form of community making? How do communities use dance performance to bring forth new narratives and framings of the world?

 $13–20

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Saturday, February 22, 2020

TDPS presents Berkeley Dance Project 2020

Performing Arts - Dance | February 20 – 29, 2020 every day with exceptions | 8-9:30 p.m. |  Zellerbach Playhouse

 Lisa Wymore

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

Exploring the intersections of dance and community, the annual TDPS dance concert poses critical questions for our divisive times: How can dance create inclusive exchanges between audiences and performers? How can dance making be a form of community making? How do communities use dance performance to bring forth new narratives and framings of the world?

 $13–20

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Sunday, February 23, 2020

Exploration of Forms: Square Dance with Evie Ladin and Bearcat Stringband

Performing Arts - Dance | February 23 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. |  Bancroft Studio (2401 Bancroft)

 Evie Ladin

 Bearcat Stringband

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

This Square Dance workshop features live, old-time string band music and easy instruction before and throughout each dance. A new generation continues to enjoy how this very American social dance brings people together. Far from the trauma imposed in elementary school, or the structure of square dance clubs, this dance form in its organic state—a mix of white, black, and brown influences from the...   More >

Evie Ladin

Thursday, February 27, 2020

TDPS presents Berkeley Dance Project 2020

Performing Arts - Dance | February 20 – 29, 2020 every day with exceptions | 8-9:30 p.m. |  Zellerbach Playhouse

 Lisa Wymore

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

Exploring the intersections of dance and community, the annual TDPS dance concert poses critical questions for our divisive times: How can dance create inclusive exchanges between audiences and performers? How can dance making be a form of community making? How do communities use dance performance to bring forth new narratives and framings of the world?

 $13–20

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Friday, February 28, 2020

TDPS presents Berkeley Dance Project 2020

Performing Arts - Dance | February 20 – 29, 2020 every day with exceptions | 8-9:30 p.m. |  Zellerbach Playhouse

 Lisa Wymore

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

Exploring the intersections of dance and community, the annual TDPS dance concert poses critical questions for our divisive times: How can dance create inclusive exchanges between audiences and performers? How can dance making be a form of community making? How do communities use dance performance to bring forth new narratives and framings of the world?

 $13–20

  Buy tickets online

Saturday, February 29, 2020

TDPS presents Berkeley Dance Project 2020

Performing Arts - Dance | February 20 – 29, 2020 every day with exceptions | 8-9:30 p.m. |  Zellerbach Playhouse

 Lisa Wymore

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

Exploring the intersections of dance and community, the annual TDPS dance concert poses critical questions for our divisive times: How can dance create inclusive exchanges between audiences and performers? How can dance making be a form of community making? How do communities use dance performance to bring forth new narratives and framings of the world?

 $13–20

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Wednesday, March 4, 2020

TDPS presents The New Play Reading Series | Sombras, Nada Mas by Megan Xotchilt Espinoza

Performing Arts - Theater | March 4 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | B4 Dwinelle Hall | Note change in time

 Megan Xotchilt Espinoza

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

TDPS and the New Play Reading Series present Sombras, Nada Mas, envisioned and written by Megan Xotchilt Espinoza.

Bienvenida is undergoing the transition between a life where she suffered from dementia and a death where she is able to remember everything. We journey through her granddaughter, Soledad's, and her relationship in time to understand when the forgetting began.

TDPS Workshop Performance | Hamlet: An Absurdist Reimagining

Performing Arts - Theater | March 4 – 5, 2020 every day | 7-8:30 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall, Room 170 (Z170)

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

Marie Shelton's adaptation of Hamlet takes a poetic and grotesque look at the language and situations of William Shakespeare's time-honored classic to explore how we come to understand ourselves through others– through their bodies, through their memories, and through the theatre they perform every day.

 Seating is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Groups of 5 of more people are encouraged to RSVP.

"Skull" by Andy Warhol (1976)

Thursday, March 5, 2020

TDPS Workshop Performance | Hamlet: An Absurdist Reimagining

Performing Arts - Theater | March 4 – 5, 2020 every day | 7-8:30 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall, Room 170 (Z170)

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

Marie Shelton's adaptation of Hamlet takes a poetic and grotesque look at the language and situations of William Shakespeare's time-honored classic to explore how we come to understand ourselves through others– through their bodies, through their memories, and through the theatre they perform every day.

 Seating is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Groups of 5 of more people are encouraged to RSVP.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Thinking about Composition: Creative Work and the Art of Putting Things Together

Panel Discussion | March 11 | 4 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

This conversation on the process of artistic composition brings together visual artist Michael Hall, scholar and dancer SanSan Kwan, and musician Dean Wareham.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

TDPS presents The Arsonists by Max Frisch

Performing Arts - Theater | March 12 – 15, 2020 every day |  Durham Studio Theater (Dwinelle Hall)

 Patrick Russell

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

In a nameless town. At an unknown time. A community is on edge as arsonists wreak havoc in the night, going door to door, setting homes ablaze. When the self-assured businessman Biedermann finds himself with the arsonists on his doorstep, will he be prepared for their cunning and coercive tactics?

 $10–15

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Feminist Open Access and Internet Publishing

Lecture | March 12 | 5-8 p.m. | 220 Stephens Hall

 Francesca Coppa, Co-founder, Organization for Transformative Works; Kristina Busse, Co-founder, Transformative Works & Cultures; Karen Hellekson, Co-founder, Transformative Works & Cultures

 Berkeley Center for New Media, Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities, Information, School of, Film & Media Studies, Library, D-Lab

Discover how the Organization for Transformative Works built a Hugo award-winning model for for non-corporate, user-driven, online participatory cultures.

The OTW was founded as a wholly fan organized and fan run media organization, specifically to provide a safe space for women and queer users. In working towards their mission of building a future in which all fannish works are recognized as...   More >

Friday, March 13, 2020

TDPS presents The Arsonists by Max Frisch

Performing Arts - Theater | March 12 – 15, 2020 every day |  Durham Studio Theater (Dwinelle Hall)

 Patrick Russell

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

In a nameless town. At an unknown time. A community is on edge as arsonists wreak havoc in the night, going door to door, setting homes ablaze. When the self-assured businessman Biedermann finds himself with the arsonists on his doorstep, will he be prepared for their cunning and coercive tactics?

 $10–15

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Saturday, March 14, 2020

TDPS presents The Arsonists by Max Frisch

Performing Arts - Theater | March 12 – 15, 2020 every day |  Durham Studio Theater (Dwinelle Hall)

 Patrick Russell

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

In a nameless town. At an unknown time. A community is on edge as arsonists wreak havoc in the night, going door to door, setting homes ablaze. When the self-assured businessman Biedermann finds himself with the arsonists on his doorstep, will he be prepared for their cunning and coercive tactics?

 $10–15

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Sunday, March 15, 2020

TDPS presents The Arsonists by Max Frisch

Performing Arts - Theater | March 12 – 15, 2020 every day |  Durham Studio Theater (Dwinelle Hall)

 Patrick Russell

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

In a nameless town. At an unknown time. A community is on edge as arsonists wreak havoc in the night, going door to door, setting homes ablaze. When the self-assured businessman Biedermann finds himself with the arsonists on his doorstep, will he be prepared for their cunning and coercive tactics?

 $10–15

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Sunday, March 29, 2020

Exploration of Forms: Kuchipudi (Indian Classical Dance) with Sampreeti Malladi

Performing Arts - Dance | March 29 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. |  Bancroft Studio (2401 Bancroft)

 Sampreeti Malladi

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies, Institute for South Asia Studies

The focus of this workshop will be to introduce some of the constituent elements of Indian dance—specifically, the theatrical genre of Kuchipudi.

Sampreeti Malladi

Thursday, April 16, 2020

TDPS presents The New Play Reading Series | A Subtlety: The Sugar Play by Adrianna Mitchell and Akilah Walker

Performing Arts - Theater | April 16 | 4-6 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall, Room 7 | Note change in date, time, and location

 Adrianna Mitchell and Akilah Walker

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

A sugar refinery in Brooklyn is scheduled to be demolished. It houses Kara Walker's "Marvelous Sugar Baby," a voluptuous Mammy-Sphinx sculpture made entirely of (you guessed it)... sugar. Two black women, eager to unravel sugar's not-so-sweet history, visit the Marvelous Sugar Baby for some answers, but the magical fever dream that ensues is beyond anything they could ever imagine.   More >

Adrianna Mitchell & Akilah Walker

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Exploration of Forms: Dunham Technique with Eyla Moore

Performing Arts - Dance | April 19 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. |  Bancroft Studio (2401 Bancroft)

 Eyla Moore

 Baba Duru Demetrius

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

Dunham Technique is a holistic modern dance technique combining mind, body, and spirit. The movement in Dunham comes from ballet, modern, and African diasporic forms, specifically Haitian dance. Class will build upon itself beginning center floor, followed by Dunham Barre work (space permitting), progress across the floor, and end with a movement combination that will bring all the elements...   More >

Eyla Moore

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Breaking Down the Gates: A Conversation About Curation and Inclusion in the Arts

Lecture | April 23 | 12-1:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Gerald Casel; Dustin H. Chinn; Maria Jenson; Miyuki Baker

 Arts + Design, Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

Presented by the UC Berkeley Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

Gerald Casel, Artist, Director, Gerald Casel Dance
Dustin H. Chinn, Playwright
Maria Jenson, Creative and Executive Director, SOMArts
Miyuki Baker, Artist, Activist

Let’s talk openly about the impact of equity, diversity, and inclusion in curatorial practices in the fields of theater, dance, and visual...   More >

Speaker headshots

Friday, April 24, 2020

TDPS presents Snowflakes, or Rare White People by Dustin Chinn

Performing Arts - Theater | April 24 – May 3, 2020 every day with exceptions |  Zellerbach Playhouse

 Mina Morita

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

In 23rd Century Nueva New York, the dwindling white American population is protected by the federal government. Two of the last are brought to the Museum of Natural History as a living exhibit in the Hall of Caucasian Peoples, only to be freed by a sympathetic gift shop employee. Is society ready for their return?

 $13–20

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Saturday, April 25, 2020

TDPS presents Snowflakes, or Rare White People by Dustin Chinn

Performing Arts - Theater | April 24 – May 3, 2020 every day with exceptions |  Zellerbach Playhouse

 Mina Morita

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

In 23rd Century Nueva New York, the dwindling white American population is protected by the federal government. Two of the last are brought to the Museum of Natural History as a living exhibit in the Hall of Caucasian Peoples, only to be freed by a sympathetic gift shop employee. Is society ready for their return?

 $13–20

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Sunday, April 26, 2020

TDPS presents Snowflakes, or Rare White People by Dustin Chinn

Performing Arts - Theater | April 24 – May 3, 2020 every day with exceptions |  Zellerbach Playhouse

 Mina Morita

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

In 23rd Century Nueva New York, the dwindling white American population is protected by the federal government. Two of the last are brought to the Museum of Natural History as a living exhibit in the Hall of Caucasian Peoples, only to be freed by a sympathetic gift shop employee. Is society ready for their return?

 $13–20

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Friday, May 1, 2020

TDPS presents Snowflakes, or Rare White People by Dustin Chinn

Performing Arts - Theater | April 24 – May 3, 2020 every day with exceptions |  Zellerbach Playhouse

 Mina Morita

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

In 23rd Century Nueva New York, the dwindling white American population is protected by the federal government. Two of the last are brought to the Museum of Natural History as a living exhibit in the Hall of Caucasian Peoples, only to be freed by a sympathetic gift shop employee. Is society ready for their return?

 $13–20

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Saturday, May 2, 2020

TDPS presents Snowflakes, or Rare White People by Dustin Chinn

Performing Arts - Theater | April 24 – May 3, 2020 every day with exceptions |  Zellerbach Playhouse

 Mina Morita

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

In 23rd Century Nueva New York, the dwindling white American population is protected by the federal government. Two of the last are brought to the Museum of Natural History as a living exhibit in the Hall of Caucasian Peoples, only to be freed by a sympathetic gift shop employee. Is society ready for their return?

 $13–20

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Sunday, May 3, 2020

TDPS presents Snowflakes, or Rare White People by Dustin Chinn

Performing Arts - Theater | April 24 – May 3, 2020 every day with exceptions |  Zellerbach Playhouse

 Mina Morita

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

In 23rd Century Nueva New York, the dwindling white American population is protected by the federal government. Two of the last are brought to the Museum of Natural History as a living exhibit in the Hall of Caucasian Peoples, only to be freed by a sympathetic gift shop employee. Is society ready for their return?

 $13–20

  Buy tickets online