Berkeley Dance Project 2020

Directed by Lisa Wymore February 20–29, 2020 The Playhouse at Zellerbach Hall Running Time: 80 minutes (no intermission) Description

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? The program...

Expansive 'Berkeley Dance Project' marks 50th anniversary of UC Berkeley’s dance program

January 21, 2019
UC Berkeley’s Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies presents Berkeley Dance Project 2019: the body remembers, featuring original works by choreographers Joe Goode, Cherie Hill, Rulan Tangen, Latanya Tigner, and UC Berkeley student Katie O’Connor. Berkeley Dance Project (BDP) opens Thursday, Feb. 21 and continues through Saturday, March 2 in Zellerbach Playhouse on the UC Berkeley campus. Tickets are $13–20 and can be purchased online through the TDPS Box Office or at the door.

Alumni Spotlight: Elissa S. Lee (Dance Minor, 2015)

December 20, 2019

After graduating from UC Berkeley in 2015, Elissa Lee began studying occupational therapy at USC, and researching chronic care management in medically underserved populations at the Lifestyle Redesign for Chronic Conditions lab. For her work, she was named a Student Innovator by the Gehr Family Center for Health Systems Science.

Elissa writes for the Center for Health Journalism, and covers mental health and social good at Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation. Prior to graduate school, she served as program coordinator for the Clinton Foundation’s Too Small to Fail...

'Berkeley Dance Project 2020' explores community and belonging in showcase of diverse styles and voices

January 23, 2020

UC Berkeley's Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies presents Berkeley Dance Project 2020 at 8 p.m. on Feb. 20–22 and Feb. 27–29 in The Playhouse at Zellerbach Hall. The dance concert features an all-student cast performing new works by Bay Area choreographers Erik Lee, Latanya d. Tigner and Lisa Wymore, as well as works created by students and dance groups at UC Berkeley.

This year, Berkeley Dance Project takes on the overarching theme of community. The wide-ranging showcase features dances that examine the connecting and isolating capacities of...

Berkeley Dance Project fosters communities during annual showcase

February 26, 2020

On Saturday, the Berkeley Dance Project staged the third performance of its annual showcase of Bay Area dance talent. The showcase, which took on the theme of community, pulled from a variety of sources, from student dance groups — such as Maya at Cal and the Fei Tian dancers — to campus theater, dance and performance studies, or TDPS, students, alumni and faculty.

Dance lecturer Latanya Tigner: ‘African American dance is ethnic dance’ (Berkeley News)

July 17, 2019

I started really dancing in high school. I went to Kennedy High School in Richmond. Dancing gave me an opportunity to be another person who I wasn’t regularly. I’m very shy, but at the club, at the party — it’s a different thing. It allows me to be my authentic self.

Our principal, Mr. Greenwood, was the best. He would allow us to have DJs, and we would have parties on the quad. Oh, my goodness. Those things were the get down, when I tell you.

One day, I was in the quad dancing, minding my business, when a dancer — he ended up being my first boyfriend — came up on me, and I...