Berkeley Dance Project 2019: the body remembers

Students & Seniors, UC Berkeley Staff & Faculty: $13 online in advance, $15 at the door. ID required.
General Admission: $18 online in advance, $20 at the door.
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Celebrating the 50th anniversary of UC Berkeley’s dance program, Berkeley Dance Project 2019: the body remembers will feature an all-student cast performing pieces by professional choreographers Joe Goode, Rulan Tangen, Latanya Tigner, and Cherie Hill, as well as recent UC Berkeley alumna Katie O’Connor. Professor Emerita Marni Thomas Wood, co-founder of the dance program, will be on campus for a short residency, including a discussion of the dance program’s history on February 21.
From a haunting solo to a multi-sensory mosaic, the dance pieces in BDP 2019 represent a wide range of sources and styles: Goode incorporates spoken word and song into a piece based on the buddhist concept of “the undefended heart;” Tangen presents an organic creative response to a “re-mapping” and “re-storying” of campus based on Ohlone histories and perspectives; Tigner honors researcher, instructor and choreographer Ruth Beckford, recognized as the mother of African diasporic dance in the Bay Area; Hill draws from supernatural elements of her Jamaican Maroon ancestry; and O’Connor explores the tenderness, anguish, healing and transformation inherent in caretaking.
BDP 2019 will be accompanied by a photographic retrospective of the program’s history in the lobby of Zellerbach Playhouse.
The online ticket link closes two hours before showtime. After that, you may purchase tickets at the door, depending upon availability.


the undefended heart

Choreographer: Joe Goode
Dancers: Madeline Aragon, Brandon Davis, Bruna Gill, Aldair Rivera

GROUNDWORKS HUICHIN: from Strawberry Creek to Shell Mounds

Choreographer: Rulan Tangen
Dancers: Elizabeth Bobrovnikov, David Cha, Joyce Chan, Jeze Fabijanic, Sadie Kimball, Jennifer Laybourn, Victoria Marsh,  Elizabeth Rivera

Fiercely Unbothered

Choreographer: Latanya D. Tigner
Dancers: Rowan Cassius, Dayah Colbert, Brandon Davis, Olivia Hanson, Yara Kanaaneh, Kyra Katagi, Mi Le, Aldair Rivera, Erin Sezgin


Choreographer: Cherie Hill
Dancers: Jeremy Brooks, Jeze Fabijanic

Spilt Milk

Choreographer: Katie O’Connor
Dancers: Jeremy Brooks, Mi Le