LIZZ ROMAN & DANCERS is a site specific dance company initially formed in 1993. Since premiering a series of site specific dances in various local venues, the press said, “it is unclear where she will go from here, but the results are guaranteed to be provocative”, “Roman is a Bay Area dance fixture”, “To watch Roman’s dancers – who with utmost ease and grace can be languid and focused in one moment and effortlessly kicking attacks in the next – is just breathtaking…Roman proves that sometimes the dancer is the dance. And that can be enough”, “One can be grateful that Roman arrives at the task without agendas, simply to fashion eloquent steps within an unconventional setting.
The company has performed in numerous bay area venues including Theater Artaud, Yerba Buena Gardens, Danzhaus, CellSPACE, ODC Theater, and CounterPULSE. The company consists of an ever changing group of multi- talented dancers who are versatile with dance training in traditional modern dance, release technique, and contact improvisation. The company has also collaborated with filmmaker Kevin Cunningham, Poet Katastrophe, musicians, Daniel Berkman, Talitha Jones, Jill Shaw, Ben Kessler, Alex Kelly and Clyde Sheets. Over the course of their work, Roman and her company known for their trademark languorous movements and expansive dances that spring, roll and fly through building and off of large sets, have developed innovative ways to work in site specific venues as well as with original sets and a variety of multi-media collaborators, resulting, in 1998, in a BLACK BOX AWARD for CROSS GENRE PERFORMANCE and a nomination for an IZZIE award for best company performance in 2005.