Songs in a Time of Pandemic
Directed by Marc Jacobs
Choreographed by Laura Elaine Ellis and Performers
Musical Direction by Sierra Dee
Production Type: Online Streaming of Recorded Zoom Movie
Streamed Peformance Dates:
Online Premiere is Friday, March 12, 2021 at 7:30 pm
On Demand Streaming Available Saturday, March 13, 2021- Sunday, March 21, 2021
Songs in a Time of Pandemic is more than a musical revue. It is a snapshot of who and where we are after seven months of Covid-19, Social Distancing, Black Lives Matter protests and the startling changes in our government. The cast of 9 singers 6 actors and 9 dancers were put through interviews to cast a light on their own reactions to this unusual time. Out of that, has come songs, monologues and dances that tell a story that is at once personal and universal.
Cal State University East Bay
Department of Theatre and Dance
in partnership with Dandelion Dancetheater
Inclusive Performance Festival
The Cal State East Bay Department of Theatre and Dance is collaborating with Dandelion Dancetheater and a wildly diverse group of artists, activists, free-thinkers, and creative rabble-rousers to launch the first annual Inclusive Performance Festival (IPF) throughout April/May 2021. The IPF is a grass-roots, DIY, radically inclusive, process-oriented festival that is experimenting with sharing performance in accessible, relevant, life-affirming, and innovative ways to meet the needs of many intersecting communities in this new era for the arts.
Planned collectively by a council of Queer, BIPOC, Autistic, Disabled, Jewish, Neurodivergent, Fat, Young, Elder, Outsider, and uncategorizable artists, the festival will present virtual, in-person, and hybrid dance, music, theatre, drag, ritual, educational events, participatory performances, discussions, workshops, ceremonies, and more.
IPF is directed by Eric Kupers in collaboration with a planning council of event organizers, and will feature the Wandering Ensemble, SNJV, Shapes and Shades Dance Company, Wildance, Emmaly Wiederholt & Tonya Rivera, Evangel King, Dancing Earth Creations, Us in the U.S., the CSUEB Pilipinx American Student Association, Festival of Latin American Contemporary Choreographers, Dandelion Dancetheater, Ultrasonic Current, the College Link Program, Mohini Studio, Rebekah Enderle, the Inclusive Interdisciplinary Ensemble, and more.
Directed by Eric Kupers
Tuesday, April 6, 2021- Saturday, May 8, 2021
For more information and a list of festival events visit
Wandering in the Wilderness
Directed and Choreographed by Eric Kupers with assistance by Raven Malouf-Renning and additional collaborators.
It is being created collaboratively and performed by the Wandering Ensemble (which is a collaboration between the CSU East Bay Inclusive Interdisciplinary Ensemble (IIE) and Dandelion Dancetheater.)
All performance will start with a Pre-Show Labryinth Walk at 7:30 pm
Friday, April 16, 2021 from 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Saturday, April 17, 2021 from 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Friday, April 23, 2021 from 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Saturday, April 24, 2021 from 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Location: Site Specific
Note: The show will start in front of the University Theatre Lobby, and then travel to a couple of sites on campus.
Wandering in the Wilderness - Cycle 1 is a site-specific, outdoor, physically distanced dance/music/theater ceremony.
Wandering explores the spaces in-between, when we have moved away from the things that no longer work in our lives, but we don’t yet know what is next. The work emerges from stories in the Torah (the first five books of the Hebrew Bible,) focusing on the time after the Jews were freed from slavery, but had to spend 40 years in the wilderness to prepare themselves for the Promised Land.
We are investigating the nature of uncertainty, groundlessness, and mystery—particularly inquiring into how to leave behind situations, attitudes, relationships, governments, homes, and habits of abuse, oppression, and dysfunction. How do we create our new lives without carrying forward the suffering from our past?
The complete work will take 40 years to create and will premiere on April 8th, 2061. In the meantime, we'll have regular work-in-progress showings, including these performances in April 2021.
Wandering is directed/choreographed by Eric Kupers with assistance by Raven Malouf-Renning and additional collaborators. It is being created collaboratively and performed by the Wandering Ensemble (which is a collaboration between the CSU East Bay Inclusive Interdisciplinary Ensemble (IIE) and Dandelion Dancetheater.)
Music will be performed by UltraSonic Current, Bandelion, and members of the ensemble.
Cycle 1 performances in April 2021 will begin at 8pm, with a pre-show labyrinth ceremony at 7:30pm.
Pilipinx Consciousness Night
Produced in cooperation with PASA and Department of Theatre & Dance
Performance Dates: TBD