Berkeley Dance Project 2017

  • Playhouse Production

  • Zellerbach Playhouse

  • April 20-29, 2017
  • Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8:00 PM
  • $13-$20
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IMPORTANT NOTE: The April 27 performance of BDP has been canceled based on the recommendation of campus police, due to the potential of violent protest in the vicinity. If you have tickets for the show that evening, please email the box office at for an exchange or return.

Cal Students, Staff & Faculty, & Seniors: $13 online in advance, $15 at the door. ID required.
General Admission: $18 online in advance, $20 at the door.

Featuring choreography by Krista DeNio and James Graham
April 20-29, 2017 // Zellerbach Playhouse

Berkeley Dance Project 2017, inspired by the theme “Digging Deep,” offers an evening of dance works exploring how we communicate with each other as humans and the deeply intertwined ways these processes are mirrored in our relationships with the non-human world that surrounds us.

BDP 2017 will feature NETWORK, a new piece of ensemble-devised dance theater work by Krista DeNio. Inspired by systems of communication and confinement in human and plant life, from the neural networks in the human brain, to tree root systems, human and tree families, the piece considers the nature of interdependence as inherent to our very survival. Drawing on research, interviews, ensemble writing, narratives and movement explorations, NETWORK brings forward stories of formerly incarcerated individuals — who have experienced confinement and the results of being cut off from life-sustaining systems. Ultimately the piece celebrates our potential to survive and thrive in the face of systemic oppression and confinement through individual and community acts of resistance and resilience.

Continuing these themes of communication and survival, choreographer James Graham will be presenting a new work that explores the concepts of earth, fire, air, and water. His new work looks at our human relationships to these elements. Both pieces explore multiple processes of communication: verbal, non-verbal, felt, visual, and sensed, revealing the deep layers of connection we have to each other and our world.  Ultimately “Digging Deep” asks: What sustains us? What destroys us? What makes us feel connected while we are alive?