Berkeley Dance Project 2020

Directed by Lisa Wymore

February 20–29, 2020

The Playhouse at Zellerbach Hall

In 2020, the TDPS annual dance concert challenges choreographers, performers, and audience members to ask how dance and community can inform each other: How can dance create inclusive exchanges between audiences and dancers? 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 features an all-student cast performing new dance pieces by Bay Area choreographers Erik Lee, Latanya d. Tigner, and Lisa Wymore, as well as pieces by emerging student choreographers and campus dance groups.

Accessibility Services

Wheelchair accessible spaces are available for reservation online. Live audio description, a pre-show haptic access tour, and ASL interpretation will be provided for the performance on Saturday, February 22 (reserve an audio headset or tour here). For more information about accessibility, email or call 510-642-8827.


The Arsonists

By Max Frisch

Directed by Patrick Russell

March 12–15, 2020

Durham Studio Theater

In a nameless town. At an unknown time. A community is on edge as arsonists wreak havoc in the night, going door to door, setting homes ablaze. When the self-assured businessman Biedermann finds himself face to face with the arsonists, will he be prepared for their cunning and coercive tactics?

As timeless as it is timely, Max Frisch’s cautionary comic parable on greed, apathy, and the power of persuasion has the urgency of a ticking time bomb.


Snowflakes, or Rare White People

By Dustin Chinn

Directed by Mina Morita

April 24–May 3, 2020 

The Playhouse at Zellerbach Hall

In 23rd Century Nueva New York, the dwindling white American population is protected by the federal government. Two of the last are brought to the Museum of Natural History as a living exhibit in the Hall of Caucasian Peoples, only to be freed by a sympathetic gift shop employee. Is society ready for their return?

Inspired by the “Hall of Asian Peoples” at the American Museum of Natural History and articles bemoaning the "dwindling majority" of white Americans, Dustin Chinn’s cuttingly smart comedy explores American conceptions of race and ethnicity, representation, and the precarity of social status.

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