After the War Blues
By Philip Kan Gotanda
Directed by Steven Anthony Jones
March 7-16, 2014
“I seen how you change when you ‘round that music. Like somethin’ come over you. We walk in, you Japanese. I turn around, suddenly you a colored man.”
Jazz trumpet player Chet Monkawa just returned home to his family’s rooming house in San Francisco’s Japantown after his internment in a prison camp during World War II. But the neighborhood isn’t the same. With the building now populated with African-Americans, Russian Jews, white migrants from Oklahoma, and returning Japanese internees, Chet and the other boarders must play by ear to find a new harmony. Philip Kan Gotanda’s loving tribute to San Francisco gets a reworking and new production at TDPS.
Directed by Maya Miesner
April 3-5, 2014
Zellerbach Room 7
"All the land shall dance now, dance again, when Bromius leads the dance…”
Dionysus meets drag culture in this new setting of Euripides’ tale of divine retribution. The god of ritual madness returns to Thebes to take revenge on the ruling house for an insult to his mother, putting a spell on the local women and taking them to the forest for an ecstatic dance. King Pentheus bans the festival and orders the arrest of the man at its center. Dionysius shows Pentheus and all Thebes the place of Bacchic revelry in dramatic, bloody fashion.
Berkeley Dance Project 2014: Intimate Distance
New works by Katie Faulkner, Ashley Ferro-Murray, and Jack Gray
Directed by Lisa Wymore
April 17-26, 2014
Three new choreographic works explore the concept of distance. Jack Gray, founder of New Zealand’s Atamira Dance Company, will co-devise a series of responses exploring the Maori concept of Tūrangawaewae, or “standing place” in the world, through rituals that acknowledge one another’s Mauri, or 'life force.' Katie Faulkner returns to work with our students on a new dance about traveling on a long and narrow road. And TDPS Ph.D. Candidate Ashley Ferro-Murray, in collaboration with Lisa Wymore, will lead students through an online process exploring the ways we move together across time zones.