2022/2023 Season

Berkeley Dance Project 2023:

Within These Walls

By Lenora Lee Dance
Coordinated by SanSan Kwan

February 23–26, 2023
Zellerbach Playhouse

Within These Walls is a multimedia dance experience featuring poetry, original music, and video projection. Inspired by the experiences of Chinese immigrants who were unjustly detained at the Angel Island Immigration Station in the early 20th century, the project is a meditation on healing, resilience, and compassion. 

Within These Walls premiered in 2017 as a site-specific performance at the Immigration Station (part of a commemoration of the 135th Anniversary of the Chinese Exclusion Act). Performances will be re-staged with a student company for Berkeley Dance Project, the department's annual dance concert.

Tickets will go on sale by January 2023

Performance Times

  • Thursday, February 23, 2023 — 8pm
  • Friday, February 24, 2023 — 8pm (with post-show discussion)
  • Saturday, February 25, 2023 — 2pm
  • Saturday, February 25, 2023 — 8pm
  • Sunday, February 26, 2023 — 2pm

A Year on Angel Island

This performance is part of A Year on Angel Island: Immigration Histories and Futures, a series of music and dance performances, exhibitions, public conversations, and courses presented by Future Histories Lab and Berkeley Arts + Design. The series uses Angel Island’s historic immigration station as a jumping-off point for discussion about race in America, global migration, and architectures of incarceration.

Learn more about A Year on Angel Island and see the full list of programs

Read a Berkeley News feature about the series


Lenora Lee, Choreographer & Director

Lenora Lee, Choreographer

Lenora Lee has been a dancer, choreographer, and artistic director in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York. She has been an Artist Fellow at the de Young Museum, a Djerassi Resident Artist, a Visiting Scholar at New York University through the Asian/Pacific/American Institute, and an Artist in Residence at Dance Mission Theater. She was a 2019 United States Artists Fellow and has been recently awarded a Creative Work Fund, a California Arts Council California Creative Communities grant, and a Kenneth Rainin Foundation Open Spaces grant with the Chinatown Community Development Center to collaborate on an immersive performance piece And the Community Will Rise in 2020.

Learn more at LenoraLeeDance.com